UK Taxpayers

What On Earth Are Flat Taxes And Why Should You Care?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics

Flat taxes may sound dull, but right-wingers love them and Tory cabinet office minister Oliver Letwin has suggested that a future Conservative governm...

Osborne Wrongly Boasted Of Raking In Billions More From Tax Dodgers

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne faces political embarrassment after HM Revenue and Customs apologised for wrongly estimating how much money it was getting in additiona...

Osborne Has Created More Tax Loopholes Than He Has Closed

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Politics

The coalition is continuing to create dozens of new tax reliefs - opening up fresh loopholes for the tax avoidance industry to exploit, MPs have warne...

Bad News, The Taxman May Not Have Taxed You Enough

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics

Millions of workers face having to give money back to the government after inadvertently paying the wrong amount of tax. Mistakes by HM Revenue and...

Eye-Watering Budgets Need Eye-Opening Honesty - Why the Government Must Get Projects Right

Francis Maude | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics
Francis Maude

This Government believes that if you're open about problems as they arise and you tell people when things go wrong, then they will be more inclined to believe you when things are working and you want to talk about your achievements. Over time, being open builds trust.

Three Months On.. Royal Mail Shares 70% Up

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Has the entire nation been short-changed at the Post Office? The government of a "botched privatisation" over its controversial sell off of Royal M...

'Absolutely Farcical'

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK

Taxpayers will be hit with a £10,000 bill to pay for a failed asylum seeker to train to be a pilot. Yonas Admasu Kebede, 21, from Ethiopia, will f...

So How Much Money Does A Benefits Cap Actually Save?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK

The Government's benefits cap will struggle to meet its objectives of saving taxpayers' money and encouraging people into work, a report has found. ...

'Force Claimants To Work For Benefits'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK

Claimants who refuse to do 30 hours' activity a week should be stripped from receiving benefits in a bid to force them to find work, a campaign group ...

£65,000 On A Loo

The Huffington Post/ PA | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Politics

Where does it cost £65,000 to spend a penny? In the House of Lords, and that's cheap at the price. Eye-watering renovations to two toilets used by...

How Much Have Taxpayers Spent Subsiding Parliament Boozers?

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK

Taxpayers coughed up more than £7m last year helping to subsidise Parliament's bars and restaurants, a Freedom of Information request has found. B...

Taxpayer Funding Of Prince Of Wales Drops By Half

PA | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK

The Prince of Wales's funding from the taxpayer fell by almost 50% during the last financial year to £1.1 million, official accounts have showed. ...

Queen Handed £5m Boost From Taxpayers

PA | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK

The Queen has received a £5 million boost in the funds she receives from the taxpayer to carry out her official duties. The Sovereign Grant, which...

Vince Cable's RBS Plan: If You See Sid, Con Him

Adrian Ash | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Politics
Adrian Ash

You remember Sid, right? Back when what then passed for the commanding heights were being privatised in the late 1980s, ad agency BMP got taxpayers' money to convince taxpayers to buy shares in the taxpayer-owned British Gas. No doubt Vince Cable is already taking pitches today from Soho ad agencies wanting to help him giveaway shares in the taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland.

'Family Friendly' Britain? It's Not Looking That Way in 2013

Caroline Davey | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Davey

While it may seem obvious on many levels that of course the government should take money from higher earners in a difficult economic environment - in particular when one of the other political debates raging at the moment is about introducing real-terms benefit cuts for those on the lowest incomes, a move likely to plunge even more children into poverty - it has always struck me as singularly unfair that the only higher earners being asked to pay more are those with children.

Let's Also Hope That the Labour Party Can Begin to Find its Voice Again

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

When David Cameron and George Osborne first coined the phrase "We are all in it together", I started counting the spoons. The idea that these multi-millionaire ex-Etonians, both of who have no experience of life at the sharp end should speak in such a glib manner was shocking enough.

Forced Marriage, Belief in Witchcraft and FGM: The Taxpayers Will Be Picking Up The Tab

Yvonne Ossei | Posted 23.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Yvonne Ossei

There are a number of 'culturally sensitive' human rights issues that the government hasn't got to grips with yet, and as a result people will continue to be murdered, raped and shipped to other countries, in the name of tradition and preserving family honour.

London - Still at the Heart of the Banking Industry

Tony Virdi | Posted 13.10.2012 | UK
Tony Virdi

In light of recent damaging reports on the banking industry, and the role banks and bankers have played globally in accelerating the credit crisis, Lo...

We Should Not Renationalise the Railways

Dr Richard Wellings | Posted 15.09.2012 | UK Politics
Dr Richard Wellings

Privatisation is often blamed for the shortcomings of Britain's railways. This is unfair. Genuine privatisation never happened. Nominal ownership may have been transferred to the private sector, but the government remains firmly in control.

'Airmiles Andy' Clocked Up £350k Travel Bill Last Year

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK

The Duke of York - nicknamed 'Airmiles Andy' - clocked up a taxpayer-funded travel bill of more than £350,000 in 2011 as he flew around the world in ...

Stop Cheating Taxpayers, Alexander Tells Wealthy

PA | Posted 24.06.2012 | UK

The basic rate of tax could be slashed by at least 2p if people paid more of what they owe, Danny Alexander has said. The Treasury chief secretary ...

'World Domination' - How 'Green' NGOs are Harming International Development

Raheem Kassam | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK Politics
Raheem Kassam

I've written previously about 'green' non-governmental organisations and their penchant for protectionism. But as the European Environmental Paper Network met over the past few days in Portugal (my invite must have been lost in the post), I thought I'd bring to you a video worth watching and sharing.

Let's Not Knee-Jerk on Party Donations

Chris Dreyfus | Posted 26.05.2012 | UK Politics
Chris Dreyfus

So the Leader of the Conservative party met with people who have made substantial donations. Are we really surprised? If we are then we really shouldn't be.

Osborne Gives Up on Regional Growth

James Lancaster | Posted 25.05.2012 | UK Politics
James Lancaster

If George Osborne brings in localised pay it will serve as an admittance that his economic plan is failing and he has given up on economic growth in some of the UK's poorest regions... The Coalition looks set to skip past an independent consultation and has devalued democracy yet again.

Privatising the Police?

Ann Barnes | Posted 05.05.2012 | UK Politics
Ann Barnes

There has been a lot in the media over the weekend about Surrey and West Midlands police asking private security firms to bid for contracts to run services currently carried out by police officers, such as investigating crime and patrolling neighbourhoods. It seems that everyone has a view on this and I suppose that I am no different!