The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) are coming to Croydon on Saturday 22nd June as part of their Town Hall Rich List Roadshow.
The TaxPayers’ Alliance campaign for lower taxes and against government waste. Focus on value for money in public finances is something we desperately need in Croydon.
The average council tax bill has gone up by more than £900 in the last 20 years and spending has gone through the roof. Councils are trying to plug their financial blackholes through tax rises and cuts to public services, rather than scaling back the pay packets of council staff.
In 2017-18 The Chief Executive of Croydon Council had a total remuneration package of £185,000.
Croydon Council has 19 staff paid over £100,000?
We have some of the highest paid councillors in London who last year voted themselves a 2% pay rise for backbenchers and 4.4% for the front bench.
To pay for all this Croydon’s Council Tax increased 4.88% this year.
You might wonder with all these highly paid staff and councillors, if someone might have had the time to provide some scrutiny over the £10,000 of taxpayer money given to an ‘entertainer’ to defecate on stage. Meanwhile Croydon’s Children’s Services Department is still rated Inadequate by Ofsted.
The TaxPayers’ Alliance Town Hall Rich List Roadshow street stall will be in Croydon on Saturday 22nd June, between 11am and 2pm.
If you’re interested in knowing more about tax in Croydon, their national campaigns, or covering the stall, contact the Croydon Constitutionalists or come and see the TaxPayers’ Alliance Roadshow in Croydon on the 22nd June.
“Members of a group which campaigns for lower taxes and an end to wasteful government spending will be in Croydon town centre on Saturday.
The Taxpayers’ Alliance are due to pitch up in the High Street campaigning for lower taxes and against government waste.”
On Saturday The Times reported that the stamp duty increases brought in by former chancellor George Osborne have resulted in a decrease in stamp duty revenue.
According to The Times: “The tax raised £1.999 billion in the third quarter of 2015, before Mr Osborne introduced an additional 3 per cent surcharge for second home-buyers and landlords.
“Receipts were even lower in the first quarter of this year, at £1.883 billion. Receipts peaked at £2.61 billion in the third quarter of last year, according to the HMRC figures.”
The TaxPayers’ Alliance has long campaigned for the abolition of stamp duty. We first suggested it in 2012 as part of the 2020 Tax Commission report. Reforms we called for in 2014 reduced the burden on hard-pressed taxpayers, but failed to end the damage caused by stamp duty.
It is clear that stamp duty is a hindrance to many buyers and the government needs to reconsider its position and make positive changes to benefit the housing market. As data from the United States shows, tax cuts have resulted in significant investment by business and wage rises for workers. When income and corporation tax were reduced in the UK, revenues increased by 37 and 25 per cent respectively.
Put simply, tax cuts can help grow the economy and bring in greater revenue to pay for world class public services.
Tuesday 31st July saw Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign Manager from the TaxPayers’ Alliance at out meeting in Purley #Croydon. Great discussion on tax and government waste. We also spoke about waste at Croydon Council. Photos and video below.
Join us at the TPA street stall Saturday 18th August 10am – 1:30pm. Near the junction of High Street and George Street Croydon.