Research papers

Beyond the Dome: Government projects £23 billion over budget

The TaxPayers' Alliance today reveals for the first time the scale of cost overruns in public sector capital procurement projects.  We have investigated the official record of over 300 schemes, including roads, hospitals, science facilities, IT systems, art galleries and defence systems, which have been completed since the start of... Read more...

Today Programme balance

This note presents the results of 4 days of analysis of the bigger government/smaller government balance on the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4, and finds that the "more government" messages dominate the "less government" messages. Download Today Programme balance (PDF) Read more...

Poorest fifth pay the highest tax burden

This report analyses official data for the last 20 years and finds that the gap between the tax burden facing the poorest fifth and the richest fifth of households has widened under Gordon Brown. The poor pay higher taxes than the rich.  Download Poorest fifth pay the highest tax burden... Read more...

Budget 2007: tax cuts abroad

In advance of the Budget in March 2007, the TPA detailed a large number of countries abroad that had cut taxes in the past two years, putting pressure on Gordon Brown to follow suit.   Read more...

Who wants to be a Tax Millionaire?

...Nobody, but if current trends continue, by 2015 the average houshold will be paying £1 million in direct and indirect taxes over a lifetime. Download Who wants to be a Tax Millionaire? (PDF) Read more...

Taxes on the Poorest Households

This report analyses official data for the last 20 years and finds that the gap between the tax burden facing the poorest fifth and the richest fifth of households has widened under Gordon Brown. The poor pay higher taxes than the rich.  Read more...

Dynamic Model of the UK Economy

The TPA commissioned the Centre for Economics and Business Research to build a dynamic model of the UK economy. The first simulations show that reducing the main corporation tax rate to the Irish rate would deliver immense economic benefits. Read more...

Councillors’ Allowances

A joint publication with Isitfair, the campaign for reform of the council tax system, giving details of councillors’ allowances in town halls across the country.  Read more...

Town Hall Rich List 2007

A groundbreaking study, using the Freedom of Information Act, listing the names, positions and total remuneration of all staff in 230 local authorities earning over £100,000 a year for the periods 2004-05 and 2005-06.  Read more...

Costing the Common Fisheries Policy

The report sets out the first ever comprehensive costing of the Common Fisheries Policy, and argues that it has been a disaster for fishermen, consumers and the environment alike.  Read more...

Better Government Report

The first report of the new “Better Government Campaign” shows that public services are failing because politicians lack the management experience and subject knowledge to run them effectively. Read more...