May 28th, 2014

Cost of Taxation Crisis

Over the course of a year, the average British household pays more in tax than it spends on food, clothing, housing, fuel and power. As illustrated by this chart from the Taxpayers’ Alliance:

Click to enlarge.

Forget the cost of living crisis, Britain is facing a cost of taxation crisis…


  1. 1
    Nick Clegg says:

    Psst !

    Wanna buy a peerage ?

  2. 2

    Is that supposed to be a surprise?

  3. 3
    Nigel Farage says:

    Expecting fresh Vince Cable words on Oakeshott within the hour ….

  4. 4
    Maimed Codger says:

    You forgot Bedroom Tax, my Wife costs me Fortune.

  5. 5
    Dan Hodges says:

    If immigration is good for our economy why does Ed Balls keep saying our economy is shit?
    Is he racist?

  6. 6
    String Vest says:

    Guido, this pratt is google bombing for keyword pageranking. Can you add megawhite to your list of modding?

  7. 7
    William Parker, 4th Baron Monteagle says:

    This is strange I thought we had a ‘conservative’ PM!?

  8. 8
    Lord High Executioner says:

    These posts coming thick and fast do not allow us proper scrutiny, thought and comment on previous ones.

    Geedes, you are going too far too fast.

  9. 9
    'scuse my sin-tax says:

    Just nail the tin-tacks.

  10. 10
    Sick of the greed and lies(still) says:

    Obviously if you live in “Benefit Street” then the graph would be a lot different.

  11. 11
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    What’s wrong with paying tax? It goes to help our fellow citizens.
    If I spend money on food, I’ll just get fat.

  12. 12
    david lloyds bank says:

    worth every penny!

  13. 13
    Nick says:

    You can have one as long as you get me a safe seat?

    What do you mean, there’s no such constituency? Not even an all-wimmins? That sort of seat worked for Harriet’s male, black cock lover Jack.

  14. 14
    Ed Miliband says:

    Government provides fantastic value for money in buying you the healthcare we think you deserve, the education your children need to be good voters and the pension you’ll use when we’re all dead, and of course it’s all in the public good unlike those nasty private companies who are just in it for profit.

  15. 15
    Gordon Brown says:

    Our problem is that the bar on the left is too high and the one on the right is too low, that’ll fix it

  16. 16
    Oakeshott? He's not hot at all says:

    I do not know Oakesshott.

  17. 17
    Socialists by rights shouldn't need asking says:

    Don’t give a penny more either I bet.

  18. 18
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    Why the fcuk should I be paying for people like White Dee?

    You really are a thick Hunt.

  19. 19
    Baron His Majesty Lord Reith says:

    I’ve been boring people about this for a while now. The “cost of living crisis” or costalivincrysies, as Miliband would say, is actually a cost of government crisis, or costagovinmontcrysis as Miliband wouldn’t say.

    It would be a good strategy for the Tories to undermine Labour if it weren’t for the fact they’ve been in power for 4 years and done fuck all about it except make it even worse.

  20. 20
    LB says:

    Accurate assessment.

    Given the pensions are off the books, they can’t reveal to all and sundry that they have been cooking the books too.

  21. 21
    String Vest says:

    To be fair they have frozen council tax in England. That went up by over 200% under Labour. But then VAT has been increased by 2.5% so it is swings and roundabouts.

  22. 22
    FattyFawkesMurdochMouthpiece says:

    These figures are utter bollox.

    Whereabouts are these people living who spend £316 on housing, fuel and energy?

  23. 23
    Your personal catch up service says:

    1.Camoron trying to pervert the will of the people again;

    EU Commission ask all EU members for the equiv of an extra £3.8 BN, £200m “to help Ukraine” which isn’t even a member!
    Where is our extra £½BN coming from?
    UK TAXPAYERS that’s who

  24. 24
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    Do a lot and give a lot to charity though.

  25. 25
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    When you’re being kept alive by cancer drugs that cost the NHS over £20k a year, you have a different take on life.

    No way will my company’s BUPA scheme pay for them.

  26. 26
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    Ed Miliband took on the utility companies. Cameron wouldn’t have done, until he was forced to.

  27. 27
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    Yes it’s great. Services are being axed, facilities have closed. Despite promises from Scameron that this wouldn’t happen.

  28. 28
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    Took on? What did he achieve then?

  29. 29
    String Vest says:

    Unless of course he is paying you then tell him to do it on older threads, they still get spidered so will have exactly the same value for his purposes.

  30. 30
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    Didn’t you get a £50 reduction because Miliband forced Cameron to act?

  31. 31
    maryjf says:

    and the IRS wants permission to raid peoples bank accounts for tax owing without due process; as if the IRS can actually manage to reply to their query letters.. if at all..

    news here from a leak in Germany on eurolands intention to tax all banks depositers an extra 10% to bail out troubled banks across eurozone, the new representatives will be galled when they find out Brussels has made it impossible for bureaocrats to countered

  32. 32
    MurdochsMouthpiece says:

    Seems he managed to get the average households housing / energy / fuel costs down to £316 a month

    Not bad going, although I’d imagine it’s more likely these figures are utter nonsense.

  33. 33
    Ranting Right-Winger says:

    So one eyed, it’s a shame. I suppose Tax doesn’t go toward paying for education, infrastructure, healthcare, transport, weekly bin collection…the list is endless.

    I suppose you’re right, reduce the tax burden…and make people pay individually for these things.


  34. 34
    David Cameron says:

    Yep! Isn’t it great!

  35. 35
    Taxpayer says:

    Well seeing as £1 in every 5 you pay in council taxes funds public sector pensions it really doesn’t go where you think it does.

  36. 36
    Thick as a Plank says:

    What’s a weekly bin collection?

  37. 37
    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    The same Milliband that put the prices up with his “green” agenda?

  38. 38
    Necrophiliac Dating Agency-Just Where Do They Dig These People Up From? says:

    Nice to see you taking a rather ‘Libertarian’ stance on a few of your stories Guido. I may be full of vitriol on a lot of subjects, but that, as far as I’m concerned, is warranted. Furnish people with the facts and let them decide what is best for them. It’s time we burst this bubble that the Top 1% pay the most Tax, bollocks do they. When you factor in all the ‘other Taxes’ and Property, they do rather well out of our present Tax set-up.

  39. 39
    still walking into darkness says:

    you missed off all the duties on petrol, beer, wine, cigarattes, airport fees and so on. These are distinct from VAT

  40. 40
    The Taxing Times says:

    FFS Guido, where have you been for the last few years! Have you only discovered today that us plebs are getting wrung out by the thieving twats in Westminster on behalf of the kleptocracy.
    Catch up, you’ll be telling us that Cammers thinks UKIP are a bunch of swivel eyed loons next.

  41. 41
    Nurse says:

    Why don’t you stop bothering everyone and sit down and show us with your crayons Gordo?

    Then it’ll be time for tea.

    And don’t forget to go to the lavvy and wash your hands before you eat.

  42. 42
    still walking into darkness says:

    this has been coming for a while. They tried it and it worked in Cyprus as a test run

  43. 43
    Gooey Blob says:

    It’s a bit hypocritical to campaign on the cost of living crisis when the first thing you do on gaining control of a council is to put up council tax.

  44. 44
    Tex Ayshonn ya bas says:

    That’s the kind of dangerous picture that could start a revolution.
    Pity we don’t have a single professional politician who could read that and understand what he had to do.

    Will have to come from t’peeple I guess.

  45. 45
    Vinse Kabal says:

    When I am leader of the LibDems, I have many, many more taxes to implement

  46. 46
    Vinse Kabal says:

    When I am leader of the LibDems, as a financial luminary, I have many, many more taxes to implement

  47. 47
    Vinse Kabal says:

    As leader of the LibDems, and as a financial luminary, I have many, many more taxes to implement

  48. 48
    Vinse Kabal says:

    The graph is clearly wrong. It should not start at zero – my chum gwido will tell you that. Maybe it is upside down?

    And when I am voted in as leader of the glorious LibDems, and as a financial luminary, I have many, many more taxes to implement

    All together now – tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, tax, . . . .

  49. 49
  50. 50
    Carlo Gambino says:

    Aw c’mon, you know THEY are better able to spend your money than you can.

    I was dismayed to hear a Tory council chief – A TORY !!!! – saying they didn’t want to make any further cuts as ‘that would erode the tax base’.

    Is there no-one out there ffs.

  51. 51
    BBC says:

    What out for our News Night special on the tax burden crisis! We are going to do our bit by forgoing the telly tax and reducing our fat salaries. We might dispense with Polly Twaddle’s expensive services to to give you all a break.

  52. 52
    broderick crawford says:

    Yezh but does the price include VAT –or can you do me a 17 percent discount for cash ?

  53. 53
    broderick crawford says:

    Why ? ….does she insist you pay for it ?

  54. 54
    Anonymous says:

    The tpa bar graph doesn’t show the family benefit of healthcare,schooling, etc etc, about zero charge.

  55. 55
    broderick crawford says:

    No 23 Your personal catch up Service s Breitbart link is toxic in its implications and should be re blogged infinitely and go viral

    It should be on the front page of all fairminded Uk newspapers tomorrow morning .

    Will it be ? Will it hell !!!

  56. 56
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    See below reference green taxes you moron.

  57. 57
    broderick crawford says:

    Again No 31 Maryif link should similarly be splattered all over newspapers tomorrow as a continuing warning not to flirt with uk euro membership .

    Mind you once Draghi starts robbing 28 nations ‘ savings /current accounts under the pretext of a ” one -off Solidarity Tax” ( remember the temporary origins of Income Tax? ) what s to stop Carney doing the same thing here should money be needed ???

    Transfer all your money to Norway and hope they don t run out of oil any time soon !!!

  58. 58
    broderick crawford says:

    yeah … and if you do not spend money on heating in winter you ll probsbly die from pneumonia !!

    oh hold on … there s merit there somewhere … …

  59. 59
    broderick crawford says:

    but mist people already pay tax at source PAYE .

    Businessmen /self employed are allowed to submit self assessment tax returns which means they can employ accountants to dredge through the plethora of tax loopholes ALLOWED BY GOVT !!.. to get the bedt desl for their clients .

    Are you advocating all parties should pay even more than at present ?

  60. 60

    Average family spend is 7.5k? Where? Somalia?

  61. 61
    Yorkie says:


  62. 62
    Thick as a Plank says:

    Neither does it show hookers, wagon wheels or small rodents called Kevin. Probably due to it have f’all to do with any of them you cock.

  63. 63
    hic says:

    5k is not included in spending that goes on booze

  64. 64
    so reliable says:

    Probably because it is bollocks

  65. 65
    Anonymous says:

    That’s a cracking point.

    But remember it was the blessed Margaret who set the people free with lower income tax percentages. She and many other Chancellors of all stripes have made up for this with more indirect taxes.

    The problem is I suspect is that if any country took less total tax as a proportion of GDP each year my Rolls Royce and Chauffeur would not have a good road to drive on.

    One to hammer home vis UKIP’s flat rate tax policy.

    Future England – Radio 4 :

    ‘ We were expecting to interview Nigel Farage but his car has fell into a large crevasse on the M6…………………..’

  66. 66
    CHRIST ON A BIKE says:

    Just god awful

  67. 67
    By the way says:

    Would it not be just as hypocritical to campaign on reducing the Council Tax – and then bang on about the lack of money to prevent flooding, fix pot holes or keep street lights on?

  68. 68
    Boring Broadcasting Co says:

    I gave up the telly tax a year ago as I didn’t want to feed that bastard Lord Fcukwit Patten – not watched it since and now don’t know how I ever had the time to watch it! Try it – get your lives back!

  69. 69
    Anonymous says:

    And yet, in the age of 24 hour – ‘and on to the next story’ – Breaking News, is it any wonder that people do not have time for proper scrutiny or thought? Even more reason for this site to slow things down and allow extra-time to think? Then again, when have the powers-that-be EVER wanted folks to Question More?

  70. 70
    Richly Deserved? says:

    Er – TPA: some of us know there are different types of average.

    These are bogus stats.

  71. 71
    Gary (boring) Barlow says:

    Not a taxing problem, if you have a good avoidance plan – and don’t get found out!

  72. 72
    South Yorkshire Calling says:

    They may or may not be bogus, but I worked out that last year that roughly 70% of my entire outgoings were tax.

    I’m not a 40% taxpayer.

    Yorkshire, though – so spending money doesn’t come naturally.

  73. 73
    Telly tax? Wot's that? says:

    … along with a 150 quid a year tax free pay rise.

  74. 74
    old dog no tricks says:

    And you then pay vat on thè tax ffs

  75. 75
    Freezing pensioner says:

    And the new 9% ‘green tax’ on fuel bills.

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  77. 77
    Anonymous says:

    “Cost of Taxation Crisis”
    wouldn’t be so much of a concern. If there was some form of control the people themselves could exercise over wastage. Perhaps if we had real democracy, in which long term requirements and policies were paramount. The spendthrift ways of fly-by-night party politicians could be curbed.

  78. 78
    Cameron's UAF/Tory coalition party says:

    High taxes?

    What’s wrong with that?

  79. 79
    Anonymous says:

    It’s all these immigrants, they like putting up our taxes so they can use our money, while they keep all their money in their tax havens, immigrants shouldn’t get away with it.

  80. 80
    Harry says:

    Reasoned debate or uncalled for insults – witch is best? There’s only one way to fine out…

  81. 81
    Anonymous says:

    So what? Considering how much our taxes cover this should come as no surprise. Unless someone is being daft enough to suggest that we private the roads.

  82. 82
    Anonymous says:

    Under Labour it will get worse!

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