TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to spring budget

For immediate release

Responding to the spring budget, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“Alongside some wins for motorists, pub-goers and workers it was encouraging to hear the chancellor talk about a simpler tax system, given much of the pressure on taxpayers comes from complexity.

“That said, taxes overall are still set to increase, placing even greater pressure on households and businesses.

“The government must prioritise cutting the tax burden, and to do that there must be a much firmer grip on the cost of government crisis.”

Responding to the cut to national insurance, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“Taxpayers will take some comfort from a second successive cut to national insurance and promises of more to come.

“While many will be disappointed to miss out on a reduction in income tax or the unfreezing of thresholds, this rate cut will still put hundreds of pounds back into pay packets for the average worker.

“The chancellor seemed to hint that the fiction that is ‘national insurance’ is on its way out, so he should now commit to abolishing it altogether so that taxes are simpler and less burdensome.”

Responding to the planned introduction of a vaping duty, Benjamin Elks, grassroots development manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: 

“Taxpayers will be shocked but not surprised about this latest sin tax.

“For years, nannying ministers have used increasingly coercive methods to punish smokers, and are now set to target those trying to kick the habit.

“The government should abandon the vaping duty and ensure that smoke-free products remain affordable to those that choose to use them.”

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


Media contact:

Joanna Marchong
Investigations 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. Research by the TaxPayers’ Alliance has found that based on taxes as they were in 2021-22, the average household will pay over £1.2 million in tax in a lifetime
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