Research papers

How the CAP Costs Families Nearly £400 a Year

With the onset of a recession, family budgets are tight. Despite agricultural commodity prices falling from their recent exceptional high, there are still global concerns at a food crisis. Saving £400 a year, over one per cent of average household, post-tax income,would be a welcome boost for many families struggling... Read more...

Middle Management Pay

The second part of the CSU series shows that the number of council staff earning more than £50,000 has soared by more than 20 per cent in 2007-08.  Read more...

Regional Development Agencies: Having a ball at the 2008 Party Conferences

Regional Development Agencies have been an expensive failure. Despite over £15 billion in taxpayer funding, they have proved ineffective in reducing regional income disparities, incapable of fostering sustainable economic growth and have frequently misused taxpayers’ money. Following the TaxPayers' Alliance's detailed analysis of RDA activity earlier this year (to read... Read more...

The Cost of the EU's Renewables Policy

The report, by leading economist Ruth Lea, sets out the range of estimates of the cost of the EU's renewables policies. It also shows that Britain is being asked to make a significantly larger adjustment than most other member states.  Read more...

The Case Against a Mandatory Target for Emmissions Cuts

The research note shows how a binding 80 per cent target for emissions cuts would lead to falling GDP unless radical improvements in emissions intensity can be achieved, and argues that failure to think through such a transformation would do enormous damage to Britain's economy and exporting emissions overseas.  Read more...