TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to news that one in 10 top-tier councils may go bankrupt this year

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Responding to analysis showing one in 10 county and unitary councils are unsure or not confident they can balance their budget this year, Elliot Keck, head of campaigns of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“Taxpayers have had enough of the annual excuses for why some town hall bosses are unable to keep the books in order.

“Recent bankruptcies have been tales of serious financial mismanagement and while some councils may be genuinely struggling, many more simply turn a blind eye to waste and cry wolf every year about the state of the balance sheet.

“Council chiefs must act swiftly to cut unnecessary spending to save frontline services and protect residents.”


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. The County Councils Network says their analysis shows 1 in 10 of the councils they surveyed are unsure or not confident they can balance their budget this year.

  4. The TPA recently found that under 10 per cent of British councils have released audited accounts for 2022/23
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