Research papers

Public Sector Pensions Gap

This note exposes how small the gap is between the number of people paying into unfunded public sector pension schemes (‘active members’) and the number drawing their pension (‘pension recipients’). Read more...

Trade Union Funding 2011

Since the TaxPayers' Alliance first revealed the level of taxpayer funding of trade unions last year it has become a major political issue. Read more...

Industrial Masochism

The carbon floor price introduced in Budget 2011 threatens to increase energy prices in Britain while reducing them elsewhere in Europe. Read more...

Local Motoring Taxes

Earlier research has shown that motoring taxes at their current rates cannot be justified by the need for spending on the roads and the contribution of road transport to climate change. Read more...

Everyday Tax Transparency

A critical part of the Government’s work on cutting spending is to introduce greater transparency, so taxpayers can see how their money is spent. Tax transparency is just as important, so that people know how much they are paying. Read more...

Midlands Councils' Flights

In the first in a new series of regional research notes focusing on the Midlands, the TaxPayers’ Alliance can reveal the cost of flights by authorities in the area over the last two years.  Read more...

Abolish National Insurance

National Insurance is almost indistinguishable from Income Tax in its function of raising revenue for the Government and in the way it affects incentives for employees.  Read more...

Wasting Lives 2011

This paper updates the TaxPayers‘ Alliance‘s 2008 publication Wasting Lives: A statistical analysis of NHS performance in a European context since 1981. It details the poor performance of the NHS when compared with European peers, despite huge increases in funding over the last decade. Read more...

Council Award Ceremonies

With pressure on the budgets of local authorities and council tax having doubled over the past decade, councils need to do all they can to control unnecessary spending and deliver better value for money.  Read more...

TfL Surplus Staff

Earlier this year the TaxPayers’ Alliance uncovered details of the Royal Mail surplus staff scheme.  Read more...

Update: Trade Union Rich List 2011

In June the TaxPayers’ Alliance published the 2011 Trade Union Rich List. It detailed the highest paid union bosses in 2009-10. This note reveals brand new figures, showing pay and benefits from 2010-11.  Read more...