IREF - Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues
Fiscal competition and economic freedom
The Taxpayers’ Alliance has launched a petition on its website (freezebusinessrates.org) to enable taxpayers to appeal to their members of Parliament on business rates.
Corporate taxation in the United Kingdom rose by 4.6 per cent in 2011, by 5.5 per cent in 2012. Yet the coalition government seems set to implement a further 2.6 per cent hike in April 2013.
At the same time TPA has revealed that the UK Department of Energy and Climate change has spent 1.5 million pounds an almost 4,000 flights over the last two and a half years.
"The hypocrisy of bureaucrats at the DECC taking luxury flights all over the world, while making it more expensive for the rest of us to travel, shows what the public sector too often does with the money", says Matt Sinclair, Chief Executive of the TPA.