Research papers

The Jet-Set Met

The Metropolitan Police, and its spending and responsibilities, has long garnered national political interest. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has insisted that declining numbers of police staff, both clerical and frontline, “presents a serious risk to the safety of Londoners.” In an attempt to allay fears over the alleged... Read more...

NHS Quango Flights

Today the TaxPayers’ Alliance have released a damning report exposing the excessive travel expenses of NHS staff. For the first time, it can be revealed that taxpayers have forked out millions of pounds to pay for business class flights for bureaucrats in the NHS. Since 2015, staff at NHS quangos have taken... Read more...

Productivity Dirty Dozen - 12 Policy Failures

A new report released by the TaxPayers’ Alliance  has revealed the shocking cost of poor productivity in Britain and its impact on wages. Since the great recession, advanced economies have all been suffering from weak productivity growth, with few more afflicted than Britain’s. The scale of the issue is enormous, and the... Read more...

Independent NHS, Simpler Quangos

A new report out by the TaxPayers’ Alliance shows that the NHS could save nearly £800 million by merging various NHS management bodies.The report advocates reducing the number of quangos from 19 to 7: This would save approximately £760 million. This would also release top managerial time to improve efficiencies... Read more...

Town Hall Rich List 2018

The TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) presents the eleventh Town Hall Rich List, the only comprehensive list of its kind, with council-by-council breakdown. Praised in the past by politicians on both sides of the House of Commons, it is the go-to guide for local government executive pay deals. It details the full remuneration and many of... Read more...

HOW THE NUS WASTES YOUR MONEY

The TaxPayers’ Alliance has looked at payments that the National Union of Students received from students’ unions, universities, government departments, devolved administrations and funding councils. Between July 2012 and January 2018, at least £50,145,280 was given to the NUS. Rather than focusing on students’ concerns about tuition fees or the... Read more...

The Quangocrat Rich List

238 Quango bosses in top 1% of earners The TaxPayers' Alliance has today released a 'Quangocrat Rich List', revealing details of the 238 Quango chiefs who are in the top 1% of earners. The report follows the announcement that Network Rail boss Mark Carne will step down this year after concerns about performance.  CLICK HERE TO... Read more...

The A303 Stonehenge tunnel: the best use of taxpayers' money?

The South West of England has long suffered from poor transport infrastructure relative to the rest of England, with severe congestion on major roads and an often inadequate rail network. This note from the TaxPayers' Alliance argues that the money being spent on the Stonehenge tunnel could be significantly better-spent... Read more...

20 YEARS OF COUNCIL TAX

Seven years on from the introduction of the council tax freeze scheme in 2010 – a coalition government policy of providing grants to local authorities in England to allow them to freeze Council tax – it appears that the days of inflation busting increases are back. Although in 2010-11 there... Read more...

Public Sector Paper Procurement - Craig Mackinlay MP

By Craig Mackinlay MP After several years of spending restraint, all quarters of the public sector are lobbying the chancellor for more money often claiming that there are no more savings to be made. But as this note shows, many public sector bodies are not getting value for money from... Read more...

Nationalisation: the real rail rip-off

As the debate around 'renationalising' the railways continues, and rail fares are due to increase yet again, a new report from the TaxPayers' Alliance shows that privatisation has actually been a good thing for commuters in the UK. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL PAPER. Read more...