Research papers

NHS Energy and Water Bills

We can today reveal that the NHS in England wasted £41.4 million last year simply by paying more than it should for energy and water. The money wasted annually on excessive utility bills could cover the cost of employing 1,350 more nurses. A number of hospitals could have saved over... Read more...

201 Ways to Save Money in Local Government

Councils have received less money from central government since 2010. This has been necessary to help close the deficit. But local authorities shouldn't look to local taxpayers to plug the gaps in their finances by hiking Council Tax, a bill that has nearly doubled over the last decade. Council Tax... Read more...

Work for the Dole

Work for the Dole is a proposal to fix welfare dependency based around the idea that welfare reform must involve more than numeracy and literacy tests in order to ensure those stuck on welfare have a better chance of gaining employment. To read the full report, click here  Read more...

EU Fiscal Factbook

Britain’s contribution to the EU gets bigger every year.  That means bigger tax bills for families across the country and too much of the money is wasted. Brussels also makes life difficult for British businesses with draconian regulations. We deserve a better deal. Click here for the factbook. Read more...

The £2bn holiday tax

As millions of British families return from their holidays, new research from the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) reveals just how much tax they have to pay in order to enjoy a well-earned break. Thanks to the highest taxes on flights in the world and other taxes on common holiday purchases, the... Read more...

Stamp Duty Hikes by 2018

Three in ten homes are to suffer from a Stamp Duty hike by 2017, whilst a third of potential home buyers will pay over £7,500 in Stamp Duty by 2018. Read more...

Economic Impact of Stamp Duty

The Tax Payers’ Alliance believes that in the long term Stamp Duty Land Tax should be abolished. However reforms are also possible that would ease the burden on families with a limited, or even positive, impact on overall tax receipts. In new research based on the relationship between the tax... Read more...

The Stamp Duty Burden

Expected rising property prices over the next five years by Savills Research mean that many more exempt homes will be subject to Stamp Duty when they are sold and many homes which are already subject to the charge will face an even higher bill. While all homes which rise in... Read more...

How to fix corporate taxes

Writing in today’s Daily Telegraph Matthew Sinclair argues that our complicated capital tax system needs reform. His article follows the release of our new research How to fix corporate taxes which is part of a set of papers that demonstrate the steps needed to introduce key recommendations from the 2020 Tax Commission final report, The Single Income... Read more...

Town Hall Rich List 2013

For the seventh 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 2010-11 and 2011-12 financial years, the most recent full years for which data is available. Town Hall Rich... Read more...

28,754 town hall middle managers cost us nearly £2 billion a year

The TaxPayers’ Alliance can today reveal that there are 28,754 local authority staff paid over £50,000 a year, which cost taxpayers £1.9 billion in 2011-12. The cost of paying these staff is the equivalent of 7.5 per cent of Council Tax receipts. This bill is down 12.5 per cent from last year but 118 councils increased the amount spent... Read more...

Visible and available policing: The most and least efficient forces

With spending restraint needed across the board, it is vital that police forces improve their efficiency. Crime prevention does not have to suffer. This report reveals figures for each police force – gathered using data from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary – and compares how many police officers and Police... Read more...

Department of Energy and Climate Change spends £1.5 million on 3,496 flights

The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) can today reveal that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has spent over £1.5 million on 3,496 flights over the last two and half years. Of these trips, 362 were business class at a cost of nearly £600,000. The destinations of these flights include far-flung locations from Johannesburg to Jakarta while DECC staff... Read more...

Trade Union Funding 2012

Earlier this month Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude announced plans to reduce the amount of facility time taken in the civil service. This will cut the subsidy that unions receive at taxpayers’ expense. There would still be a substantial subsidy though, and the reforms do not yet apply to the... Read more...

Whitehall Office Space

Government departments could have saved a potential £112 million on their estates bill if all departments were to use space as well as the most efficient departments. Read more...

Ofcom Staffing

Public sector organisations have to make cuts to their staff numbers in order to ease the pressure on the public finances. However, some are still hiring.  This research note reveals TaxPayer's Alliance research showing that Ofcom, the communications quango, has spent £9.4 million on redundancies over the last five years at the... Read more...

Whitehall Procurement

Despite much vaunted efficiency drives across Whitehall, departments continue to pay vastly differing prices for basic items such as A4 paper and energy.  Read more...

Union Legal Briefing

This briefing - by barrister Francis Hoar, a member of Field Court Chambers in Gray’s Inn - examines whether “many public sector employers have...approached ‘facility’ time in the manner envisaged by industrial relations law.” Read more...

Councillors' Allowances

We reveal for the first time the massive difference in basic allowances paid to councillors in local authorities around the UK. Full data for each local authority can be found here. Read more...

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