TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to ONS GDP figures

For immediate release


Responding to today’s GDP figures from the Office for National Statistics, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“The devastating effects of the covid crisis on British hospitality are plain to see.

“Pubs, clubs and restaurants have struggled to face down this pandemic, and will need to be given breathing room to bounce back in the second half of this year.

“Ministers must offer a rescue for these venues in the form of meaningful tax cuts -  such as by extending the VAT cut to 2023 - to protect jobs and keep prices low for diners and drinkers.”

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.

  3. The TaxPayers’ Alliance has called for the government to extend the 5 per cent VAT reduction until April 2023, and include alcoholic drinks.
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