TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Levelling Up White Paper

For immediate release


Responding to the government’s 12 point mission for levelling up, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“With the record tax burden squeezing hard working Brits, the best way to level up is by allowing families and firms to keep more of their own money and giving them more say over how their taxes are spent. 

“Devolving decisions and letting towns prosper would be welcome, but wasting cash on obesity campaigns and cultural quangos is more of the same patronising policy ideas which mollycoddle the public and end up costing the very people they're trying to help a fortune in taxes.

“As we emerge from the pandemic, ministers must resist the temptation for endless interference and instead cut taxes and red tape to allow working taxpayers and their communities to flourish.”


TPA spokespeople 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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