Research papers

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...

Annual Non-Job Report 2006

The report presents the salary bill for jobs advertised in Society Guardian and picks out the most egregious examples that have little, if any, value for taxpayers.  Read more...

The Real Cost of Gordon Brown

The research note shows that if the tax burden as a share of GDP had stayed at its 1997 level, the basic rate of income tax could be reduced to 10 per cent.  Read more...

Moving Britain Backwards

Written by former World Bank economist Keith Marsden, the paper tears apart Gordon Brown’s economic record and shows how Britain’s economy has become less competitive and less able to meet the coming challenges. Read more...

Public Sector Rich List 2006

This note presents a list of the 170 most highly paid people in the public sector – people earning above £150,000 a year in government departments, quangos, other public bodies and public corporations.  Read more...

Total Lifetime Tax

The research note finds that the average household pays £668,000 in direct and indirect taxes over a lifetime, a 6 per cent rise on the previous year, while a household in the poorest fifth pays £264,000 over a lifetime, a jump of 13 per cent.  Read more...