TaxPayers' Alliance respond to DUP manifesto

TaxPayers’ Alliance hails DUP proposal to abolish the TV tax

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Responding to the release of the DUP manifesto, TaxPayers’ Alliance political director James Roberts, said

"The DUP’s promise to back tax cuts will be welcomed by taxpayers, though their spending suggestions for the province won’t come cheap.

“It’s refreshing to see a political party supporting meaningful reductions in tax levels on things like insurance, cutting bills on everything from driving to holidays. 

"However, the manifesto's demands for swathes of extra spending in Northern Ireland are seriously wide of the mark, given public spending per head is already higher there than anywhere else in the UK. These plans could cost taxpayers a fortune and make Ulster even more reliant on government handouts.” 

On the proposal to abolish the BBC licence fee, Roberts said:

"The DUP are bang on with calls to finally abolish the eye-wateringly expensive BBC licence fee, saving households hundreds of pounds a year by axing this TV tax, when subscription-based models are already cheaper and more popular."


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