Research papers

Holiday Tax bill hits £2.4 billion

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 Real National Debt 2015

Since the financial crisis of 2007-08, Britain’s national debt has ballooned, placing an increasing burden on taxpayers and posing a serious risk to our future prosperity. The normal measure of the national debt, public sector net debt, swelled to around £1.5 trillion by the end of 2014-15. But our real... Read more...

Council owned assets

New research from the TaxPayers' Alliance today demonstrates that councils up and down the United Kingdom are hoarding assets as diverse as golf courses and a model railway despite the scale of Britain's financial challenge.Key findings of the research are that, as of April 1st 2014: Local authorities own at least 580 restaurants or cafes,... Read more...

Grounds and Gardens Maintenance costs in the NHS

New analysis of data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre – a Department of Health agency – shows significant disparities in how much NHS trusts spend to maintain grounds and gardens. There appear to be opportunities for many Trusts to save significant amounts of money by emulating those... Read more...

Spending Plan

Spending must come down but politicians won't come clean about how it should be done. The TaxPayers' Alliance has produced; 'The Spending Plan', a landmark report setting out exactly how any government could reduce spending. Read more...

Departmental Losses 2013-14

This research note details losses and special payments made by Ministerial Departments for the year 2013-14. In this research note the TaxPayers’ Alliance highlights how government departments spent beyond what Parliament would have contemplated when agreeing funds for each department in the 2013-14 financial year. It is important to note... Read more...

Distribution of tax burdens and benefit receipts

The debate around taxation in recent years has often focused on whether or not different individuals and groups in society pay their “fair share”. But this emotive debate is rarely based on evidence. New figures show that the top 3,000 earners in the UK pay more Income Tax than the... Read more...

A Kremlin-sized union subsidy

New research conducted by the TaxPayers’ Alliance suggests public bodies are providing trade union representatives with office space in taxpayer-funded buildings at knock-down rates Government guidance says “restrictions should be placed on use of office facilities” but many bodies are ignoring that advice. Analysis demonstrates subsidised union activity in the... Read more...

Does international aid increase freedom in recipient countries?

New analysis by the TaxPayers’ Alliance demonstrates that British foreign aid spending has little to no bearing on the freedom experienced in receiving countries. The research, which uses a series of well-respected indices to deliver an overall “freedom score”, plots that score against the amount of foreign aid a country... Read more...

Tax payers fund Trade Unions to the tune of £108million

The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) today reveals that trade unions received at least £108 million in subsidies from taxpayers in 2012-13, just £5 million less than in 2011-12. Our comprehensive survey shows shows that trade unions received an estimated £85 million in paid staff time (facility time) plus £23 million in direct payments in 2012-13. The research also demonstrates... Read more...