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TaxPayers' Alliance responds to the Queen's Speech

Matthew Sinclair, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, gave the following reaction to this morning’s Queen's Speech:

"It is great news that the Government has shelved plans for some of the cumbersome new regulations and expensive spending commitments that were rumoured before this Queen’s Speech.

"Sadly they are still planning enormous increases in the amount of money taken from British families and spent on often wasteful and corrupt foreign aid projects, but at least they are not writing that mistake in law. They are also pressing ahead with their great vanity project, a high speed rail line which is poor value compared to more affordable alternatives, but there is still time to reconsider that white elephant as well.
The energy reforms are ambitious but misguided and will do nothing about the draconian targets and stealth taxes that are the real problem for consumers.

"Despite some important progress in this speech, ministers still have a lot of work to do if they really want to ease the enormous pressure on family budgets and create the simpler, fairer and more competitive tax system that they claim to be trying to achieve.
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TaxPayers' Alliance spokesmen are available for broadcast interviews and further comment on the Queen's Speech

Media contacts

Robert Oxley
Campaign Manager, The TaxPayers' Alliance
07795 084 113

24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113

Notes to editors

1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and now with 75,000 supporters, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) fights to reform taxes, cut spending and protect taxpayers. Find out more about the TaxPayers' Alliance at www.taxpayersalliance.com

2. Ahead of today the the TPA published its do's and dont's for the Queen's speech along with relevant research. You can read that list here: http://www.taxpayersalliance.com/home/2013/05/dos-donts-queens-speech.html 
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