Research papers

Council Mileage Allowances

New research by the TaxPayers' Alliance reveals that councils are paying their staff millions more than they should in mileage payments. HMRC has an approved rate for mileage payments, and yet 173 councils are giving their employees above that rate.The TPA first exposed this needless waste of taxpayers' money back in 2011, and... Read more...

Young People and National Insurance

Tuition fee hikes, planning policies and lifestyle taxes all hit younger people hardest by making education, housing and entertainment more expensive. The government should lighten the load it places on young people, but abolishing tuition fees or making student loan repayment terms even more generous would be unfair to those... Read more...

Why the cost of living is so high

  Executive summary    The UK economy has performed reasonably well in recent years after a period of sluggish growth following the great recession. Unemployment is at its lowest point since early 1975. However, wage growth has remained slow, and many households are struggling to cope with the cost of... Read more...

Union Rich List 2017

Our research reveals that 45 public sector trade union bosses receive more than £100,000 each year in salary and benefits. This places them comfortably within the top 5 per cent of earners in the UK. Click here to read the full report. Read more...

Public sector pay and strikes

Despite a narrative of squeezed public services, the wages, salaries and pensions of those in taxpayer-funded positions are all on average more generous. Since 2009, gross median annual salaries in the public sector were on average 12.4 per cent higher than the private sector. Click here to read the full... Read more...

Council Charges and Rates

Local authorities in England have seen dramatic changes to their funding since 2010 with more changes in the pipeline. The government announced in 2015 that within five years, local authorities will be able to raise and keep all revenue from business rates. Additional powers over how council tax is raised... Read more...

Reforming Public Sector Procurement

The UK spends almost double the rest of the EU combined on large procurement contracts, and much less on smaller ones, research finds. The United Kingdom published 167 contract award notices on contracts worth €100 million or above. France published 29, Italy 25 and Germany 5. These are worth altogether €73.77 billion and accounted for 52 per cent of such notices... Read more...

Summer Holiday Taxes 2017

This summer millions of British families will head off for a well-earned holiday. But before they do many of the simple but important purchases they make are subject to tax. Items such as clothes are subject to VAT, whilst travel insurance purchases are hit by Insurance Premium Tax (IPT). The... Read more...

The end of austerity?

In the wake of the 2017 general election, much commentary has focussed on the impact public spending cuts had on the result. Less attention has been paid to assessing by how much public spending has actually been reduced. Click the link here for our latest research note on government spending.  Read more...

Inquiry into government accounts - Written evidence

The House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee have reported back on their inquiry into government accounts - and how to ensure the taxpayer can properly scrutinise them. We are delighted that the Committee have taken several of our recommendations on board. You can read their full report... Read more...

Town Hall Rich List 2017

For the tenth consecutive year, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has compiled the most comprehensive list of council employees in the UK whose total annual remuneration exceeds £100,000. This year’s Town Hall Rich List covers the 2014-15 and 2015-16 financial years, the most recent full years for which data is available.... Read more...