TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to the economy entering a recession

For immediate release


Responding to new ONS figures confirming that the UK has entered a recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of GDP decline, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“Taxpayers will be right to blame the government for a mess largely of its own making.

“The evidence is clear that the government has been suffocating the economy with excessive regulation, dangerous levels of debt and a record high tax burden, all to fund a bureaucracy that has long grown out of control.

“If ministers hope to restore growth in the long term they need to rein in spending and provide the tax cuts that individuals, families and businesses desperately need.”


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. The TaxPayers’ Alliance recently published research reviewing 41 studies on the impact of taxes on growth and found a consensus that high tax burdens harm economic growth
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