TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to coronavirus fraud

Embargoed: 00:01 Wednesday 30 June 2021


Responding to the Public Accounts Committee’s embargoed report on fraud, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“Abuse of the covid schemes will appal hard-working taxpayers, who will ultimately have to foot the bill.

“Support had to be deployed quickly without reams of red tape tying things up, but the scale of the abuse will shock those who played by the rules while worrying about their jobs and families.

"Ministers should protect taxpayers with more stringent measures to fine and prosecute the fraudsters that fiddled the system.”


TPA spokesmen are available for live and pre-recorded broadcast interviews via 07795 084 113 (no texts)

Media contact:

Danielle Boxall
Media Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
[email protected]
24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113 (no texts)


Notes to editors:

  1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) campaigns to reform taxes and public services, cut waste and speak up for British taxpayers. Find out more at

  2. TaxPayers' Alliance's advisory council.
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