an advocacy group bringing a voice for the Scots taxpayer to Holyrood
and the British parliament - campaigning for a limited government and
We operate through
a small team based in Edinburgh concentrating on Scottish and UK public
policy that affects Scots taxpayers. In addition, we are building a cohort
of local activists who campaign against waste and unnecessary spending
in their local communities.
out of the UK's London based Taxpayers' Alliance organisation, but over
the past five years we have developed our own approach to public advocacy
in Scotland. We are a completely autonomous team with our own editorial
and research programme and bringing our ideas to Scotland as an independent
group. We therefore always make our case from a Scottish perspective,
on behalf of Scots, for the success of the Scots people.
Our core team consists
of a Director, Campaign Manager and Research Co-ordinator. We also have
other researchers and colleagues with whom we work on papers and consultations.
We operate with an Advisory Council consisting of a mixture of economists,
commentators, individuals with an interest in public policy ideas and
small entrepreneurial business owners. Our Director also has access to
an Academic Advisory Group who help and support us in the planning of
our research and publications programme.
We are supported entirely
by private donation. Our donors range from single individuals offering
us a few pounds, through kindly wealthy donors who want us to help Scotland
improve, to entrepreneurial professionals and small company owner-managers
who believe that Scotland's tax regime and high spending is destructive
to economic success.
In the interests of
transparency, here is a short list of the last five donations in our last
financial year: (With thanks to the donors)
|Care home owner
|IT web services
We have considered
moving to the Canadian model of funding which involves multiple small
subscriptions from many ordinary taxpayers. As yet, we can find no way
of affording the costs of collection that this entails.
We have no one group
of donors which outweighs any other, our average donation is less than
£500. We take no donations from any large corporates, and we do
not accept any money that requires us to make any specific argument -
our advocacy is independently generated by our team and our Advisory Council.
We do not take, and never will take, any public money for what we do.
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