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TaxPayers' Alliance gives its verdict on the Coalition's audit of its promises
Responding to the publication of the Coalition Government’s analysis of its delivery on its pledges, Matthew Sinclair
, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:
“There are areas where the Government does deserve credit for making excellent progress on the important objectives set out in the Coalition Agreement. Greater transparency means that taxpayers can find out more than ever about how their money is being spent. They have also worked to produce a fairer welfare system that does less to trap people on benefits and ensure schools are accountable to parents instead of bureaucrats. Freezing Council Tax and raising the Personal Allowance will ease the burden on families struggling after the recession.
“There are also sections of the Coalition Agreement on which the Government has made progress, but taxpayers would be better off if it hadn't. Sharp increases in the foreign aid budget are a bad idea, particularly when there is huge pressure on the finances here at home, and vanity projects like high speed rail and renewable energy are not worth the enormous price tag.
“Sadly there are some areas where the Government promised they would take action but have so far failed to deliver. The Coalition Agreement promised reforms to the tax system to make it simpler and more competitive, but ministers have merely tinkered at the edges of what remains one of the longest tax codes in the world. Overall the tax system is probably more complicated than it was when they came to power. And progress in making Britain's economy more competitive by cutting Corporation Tax has been undermined by hikes in other taxes like Capital Gains Tax.
“The Coalition Agreement also promised ‘early legislation to introduce a power of recall’, to allow voters to hold their elected representatives to account mid-term. The Government’s failure to bring forward this legislation is a sad breach of a promise that – ironically – would have done a huge deal to restore the public’s trust in politicians.”
TaxPayers' Alliance spokesmen are available for further comment and broadcast interviews