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TaxpayerScotland - Scotland's independent campaign for lower taxes

Our research programme supports our advocacy programme. Early work largely involves obtaining better baseline statistics about the Scottish economy. Building this resource is important to our advocacy effort. Since the devolution settlement it has become easier to obtain the facts about Scottish governance, but sometimes obtaining the facts needs quite a bit of digging in UK national statistics.

Recent Reports:

Town Hall Rich List - Scotland (Aug 2014)

This report provides details of senior council staff who have renumeration over £100,000 per year. Remuneration includes, salary, expenses, pension contributions and other benefits. This is the purely Scottish report, the Rich List has been produced nationwide by The TaxPayers' Alliance for a number of years.
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Middle manager pay in Local Authorities (February 2013)

This report gives an updated account of the number of middle managers who earn more than £50,000 pounds in Scotland. We pay more than any other region apart from London - £49 per head.

The State of Scotland - Infrastructure Investment. (16th October 2012)
This report examines the claim that "shovel ready" infrastructure projects offer a route to stimulate the Scottish economy - offering growth and jobs. Rather, we show that the "shovel ready" claim is moot at best, and that the claimed benefits of such projects are unlikely to emerge. We question whether modern infrastructure always offers the benefits that Scottish politicians claim, suggesting instead that over-enthusiasm for monument building could well lead us to yet higher tax burdens in the future.
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The Scottish Town Hall Rich List. (18th April 2012)
This report provides details of senior council staff who have renumeration over £100,000 per year. Remuneration includes, salary, expenses, pension contributions and other benefits. This is the purely Scottish report, the Rich List has been produced nationwide by The TaxPayers' Alliance for a number of years.
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The Scottish Local Authority Pensions Deficits. (13th April 2012)
This report provides details of local authority pension deficits. It shows that there is a debt overhang of about £4billion which has to be found from somewhere to ensure that the liabilities of our 32 local authorities match their assets - and so do not hang over taxpayers as a future debt for which we will ultimately be liable.
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The State of Scotland - Debt. (16th January 2012)
This report analyses Scotland's current, future and potential debt obligations. While we take no corporate view on whether Scotland could survive as an economic entity on its own, we are concerned for the way in which others would view the propensity to spend and tax of the Scottish state. Scottish taxpayers are, in the end, the lenders of last resort to government. Our pockets are not bottomless, although the state's ability to borrow does appear to be so.
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Attendance and Expenditure at Award Ceremonies - 2010
This report pointed out how much of our money was spent on attending Award ceremonies by our Local Authorities. In this case, the City of Glasgow won our own award for spending the most money. While we can see that recognition of hard work can be good for morale, we were concerned about how many costs were unspecified and with the frequency of the largesse given out at these events.

Resources in our publications section:

As we research we find papers and reports that add to the tax debate. We are filtering these to build a library of material which helps to support our advocacy of the case for lower taxes. In addition, we will be adding synoptic text as supporting material for public policy discussions.

Commentaries: A series of short commentaries on tax and taxpayers (and other relevant economic factors relating to economic success) providing the context of the taxed economy on which our advocacy work is based.

Scottish 2020 Tax Options. This major research effort will examine our entire tax environment and look forward to what we would propose as a suitable tax regime for a successful future Scottish economy.

 


 





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Frederic Bastiat