TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to council tax referendum exemptions

For immediate release


Responding to Michael Gove’s announcement that Croydon, Thurrock and Slough councils will be able to increase council tax by above the referendum threshold, John O’Connell of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“Taxpayers will be picking up the tab for the dismal failure of their local authority to get a grip on spending.

“Time and again, bungling bosses have left council finances deep in the red, expecting hard working residents to bail them out.

“Any increase in council tax should come alongside sensible savings from waste in local budgets, including top level salaries.”


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

Media contact:

Conor Holohan
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.

  3. In the TaxPayers’ Alliance 2022 Town Hall Rich List, Croydon Council had 10 staff who received over £100,000 in remuneration; Thurrock had 10 staff who received over £100,000 in remuneration; Slough have not released their accounts for 2020/21
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