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CALL OUT: Boot Out Boots

It’s football season and it’s time to BOOT OUT BOOTS!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1579712118921975/

The Government won’t make Boots pay, so we will!

Boots have dodged £1.3bn in Tax since 2007.

That’s £1.3bn of our money that could be spent on safe homes, schools, hospitals, women’s services, legal aid and keeping our NHS public.The tax dodged by Boots alone could pay for 78,000 nurses or 5.2m ambulance calls.

Despite numerous calls for an investigation, HMRC are not interested in looking into Boots’ dodgy tax deals. The Government refuse to make them pay yet continue to slash our much needed health and welfare services saying there is no money left.

Don’t just get angry, get your football boots ready, get your kit on, pull your socks up and join UK Uncut for a football-themed action.

Saturday 28th June 3:00PM

107 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6RA

Follow #BootOutBoots on the day for a SURPRISE…

See you on the streets!

This is action is taking place in London, if you want to take part in one near you you can organise it through the UK Uncut website. Have a look at these tips for how to organise an action, and list it here.

Like at all UK Uncut actions, it’s realy important that you know your rights. Have a look at this blog to stay safe on the day.


Know Your Rights

#VodaHome and #TaxDodgersAlliance

On June 14th, UK Uncut activists closed down Vodafone shops around the country. It was a huge success, with hundreds of people taking to the streets to oppose Vodafone’s outrageous tax dodging. You can read all about it here.

On Saturday 28th UK Uncut is going back to another tax dodger that we’ve protested at before: Boots. Boots are being investigated by the Government for avoiding £1.3bn in tax. In London, protesters will be at their store on Victoria Street, and other actions are already planned elsewhere too.

Momentum is building again. People are angry and are taking to the streets to show it. These protests are part of a wider movement against austerity, last weekend 50,000 people marched on Parliament to demand alternatives to austerity, UK Uncutters from all over the country were there as the #TaxDodgersAlliance.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!

If you’re coming along to a UK Uncut action on Saturday, as with any protest and act of civil disobedience, it’s important to know your legal rights.

At the London action on Saturday there will be legal observers from Green & Black Cross who are there to record what happens at the protest and to monitor police behaviour. If you notice anything significant, go over and tell one of them. GBC’s legal support number is: 07946 541511

GBC has some great information about protesters’ rights, as well as a model ‘bust card’ – providing simple info about what to do if you do get arrested – you can download these here and give them out on the day.

There were no arrests at any of the VodaHome actions, arrests at UK Uncut actions are rare, but the police response is unpredictable. It’s important to look out for each other and for everyone who comes on UK Uncut actions. If you’re coming, try to buddy-up with someone and look out for them.

We will have fun, we will make our resistance known. And we will look out for each other’s safety. See you on the streets!


CALL OUT: Tax Dodgers Alliance

Join the UK Uncut bloc on the #NoMoreAusterity march, June 21st

This Saturday, thousands of people will be taking to the streets of London to demand an alternative to austerity. If you are sick of this governments’ cuts and lies, tired of politicians from all of the big parties telling us that there are no alternatives, angry about super-rich tax dodgers getting a free ride, then come and join the UK Uncut bloc on the demo.



Meet 12:15pm Bedford Square, London, WC1B

Come and join the newly formed ‘Tax Dodgers Alliance’. Big businesses and the super wealthy are welcome. Bankers, lawyers, CEOs, new money, old money… What do we have in common? We’re stinking rich & we don’t want to share – our cash is offshore.

Come dressed as a tax dodger – are you going to be suited and booted or in your best holiday gear just back from visiting your favourite tax haven?

Bring placards and banners fitting for the Tax Dodgers Alliance. Here are some ideas: “Tax is for little people”, ‘I’m with Gary Barlow’, ‘Who needs the NHS?’

Marching alone won’t stop the cuts. We need to be taking direct action against the government and the tax dodgers. Watch this space for an announcement about UK Uncut’s next action. But marches are an important way to come together and show our strength. And they can be fun.

See you on the streets

Demonstration route:
The Tax Dodgers Alliance bloc will meet at Bedford Square, then join the main march from the BBC’s doorstep, marching through central London, and ending with a free festival outside Parliament.

Transport to London:
There are coaches coming from over 40 locations to the demonstration, many of them for free with new coaches being booked all the time! Find your nearest one here.


Guest blog: a Small Spark of Hope

This is a guest blog by Maddy Evans, one of the coordinators of the Economic Justice Project, on behalf of the Jubilee Debt Campaign

On Monday, St Peter’s Community Hall in Bethnal Green, London, will be transformed into The Spark: a week-long hub of social justice workshops, discussions, music, art, poetry and more.

With almost 50 sessions, The Spark looks at topics from privatisation to policing, from political poetry to young people’s voice in film and media, from economics to the environment. It brings together a wide range of groups working on diverse social justice issues in the UK and globally. As well as promoting an understanding of the issues, it aims to provide space to speak and perform the hope and despair, the joy, and the rage, that flows from this understanding and to build new relationships and networks to contribute to a stronger movement for social and economic justice in the UK.

I keep hearing people say that progressive movements in the UK have lost hope and offer no positive alternatives. I’m not sure about that – I don’t feel hopeless when I hear about the tenacious, inventive & politician-arse-kicking campaigning of the E15 mothers (now launching their ‘Focus on the Future’ campaign), or the victories of the 3cosas campaign , or even just when I raise my voice at My Heart Sings (renamed The Spark Sings for one week only) with a group of joyful women, inspired to work for social justice at home, at work and in the world.

And, if none of that does it for you check out the Friday night session where Selma James, a life-long activist, feminist author and critic, Clara Osagiede, a leader of the successful London Underground cleaners’ living wage campaign, and Zena Edwards, amazing spoken word artist, will all speak about how they have kept hope alive through dark times, and stayed committed to social change. We hope people will leave the Spark with a renewed sense of excitement about getting active, or staying active, on social justice – especially in difficult times.

Saturday the 21 June sees a full day of sessions focussed on intersectionality and liberation. Not sure what ‘intersectionality’ means? Don’t worry! The day includes a starter session explaining ‘what intersectionality is, and why it’s important for social justice struggles’, followed by sessions on organising accessible events, inequality and under representation on the left, solidarity organising, using music to empower communities, and islamophobia and women’s liberation.

The Spark is being organised by a group of individuals from a wide range of social justice focused groups including London Roots Collective, Black Feminists, UK Uncut, Algeria Solidarity Campaign, AMP (art and politics must meet), People & Planet and Jubilee Debt Campaign for the Economic Justice Project, youth and refugee organisations, and others.

We hope to see you there.

Find out more and sign up: www.thesparkspace.org

This blog was first published at Open Democracy


Press release: 12 actions across the UK

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* Protesters shut down Vodafone’s flagship store on Oxford Street for over two hours.[1]

* 12 actions took place across the country including in central London, Cornwall and Manchester.[2]
* Flagship store blockaded by mothers, babies and disabled activists

Ten Vodafone stores were successfully targeted today over the company’s alleged tax avoidance in UK Uncut’s biggest day of action of 2014. Actions took place from Cornwall to Glasgow with hundreds of people estimated to have taken part.

In London, protesters shut down Vodafone’s flagship store on Oxford Street for over two hours. Focus E15, a group of single mothers and their children joined the protest along with disabled activists and UK Uncut. Despite scuffles with Vodafone’s private security, the group blockaded the doors and held a protest inside and outside the store. The protest transformed the store into a house warming party with games, music and dancing.

Protesters are demanding Vodafone pay the billions in tax owed to the public purse and that the government force corporations to pay up. UK Uncut says the protests highlight the current “social housing crisis”, which they claim the Government are making worse by cutting housing benefits, slashing funding for affordable homes and failing to build social housing. Current estimates suggest that 1.6 million families are on the waiting list for social housing and that 50,000 people face eviction due to the bedroom tax.[3]

Vodafone was the first company to be targeted in a series of high-profile protests by UK Uncut for avoiding a £6bn tax bill in 2010.[4] It was recently revealed that Vodafone have not paid any corporation tax in the UK since 2011 despite making a post-tax profit of £59.4bn this year.[5] The protests are taking place just six weeks before Vodafone’s AGM and less than a year before the general election in which the government’s record on tackling tax avoidance while slashing public spending will be centre stage.

UK Uncut activist Emma Sanchez, 32, said “We had a great party in Vodafone’s flagship store with mums, kids, babies, disabled activists and lots of passers-by joining in. We are sick of the government letting corporations like Vodafone dodge billions every year whilst millions of people are left without decent safe housing”

Jasmine Stone, a member of Focus E15 said: “Blockading the doors of Vodafone’s flagship store today was incredible and we won’t stop protesting until this government stop the cuts and make corporations pay their fair share”

ENDS

Notes for editors

UK Uncut (www.ukuncut.org) is a grassroots movement taking action to highlight alternatives to the government’s spending cuts.

For more information on Focus E15 see: http://www.opendemocracy.net/opensecurity/kate-belgrave/focus-e15-young-mothers-struggle-for-universal-housing

For more information on Disabled People Against Cuts see: www.dpac.uk.net

[1] 341-349 Oxford St, London W1C 2JE

[2] Actions are planned in Bristol, Cornwall, Grimsby, London, Manchester, Newbury, Norwich, Peterborough, Glasgow and St Albans. See http://www.ukuncut.org/actions

[3] For information about the social housing waiting list see: http://www.ukuncut.org/blog/guest-blog-from-tuc and http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2008/aug/08/economy.housing

[4] UK Uncut first accused Vodafone of avoiding a £6bn tax bill relating to the purchase of German engineering firm Mannesmann in October 2010. At the time, the claim was dismissed by the company and HMRC as an ‘urban myth’. In 2011, however, a parliamentary committee said the deal ‘may have been illegal’ and could have been worth up to £8bn. The deal will now be investigated as part of the judge-led review of corporate tax deals struck by HMRC. See
http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-1704527/Taxman-let-Vodafone-off-6bn-bill.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/8875360/Taxman-accused-of-letting-Vodafone-off-8-billion.ht…
http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/dec/06/hmrc-tax-deal-vodafone

[5] – http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1355daf4-db7f-11e3-b112-00144feabdc0.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/vodafone-courts-new-tax-row-with-transfer-to-luxembo…


Press release: protesters occupying Vodafone stores over tax avoidance

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*Protesters occupying Vodafone’s flagship store on Oxford Street – happening now.[1]

* 10 actions taking place across the country including in central London, Cornwall and Manchester.[2]

* Over 45,000 people sign petition calling on Vodafone to pay up

* 80% of public think Government are ‘not doing enough to reduce tax avoidance’ according to YouGov. [3]

* Protest groups Focus E15 Mothers to join in ‘national day of action’ to highlight cuts to social housing.

Vodafone branches up and down the country are being occupied by anti-austerity group UK Uncut, in protest against the mobile giant’s tax avoiding practices. Protesters are throwing a ‘housewarming party’ in Vodafone’s flagship store on Oxford Street – it is being occupied by a group of single mothers and their children angry about tax avoidance and Government cuts leading to a social housing crisis. Mothers with buggies and disabled people are blocking the store’s doors while protesters put up bunting and turn the store into a ‘home’.

Protesters are demanding Vodafone pay the billions in tax owed to the public purse and that the government force corporations to pay up. UK Uncut says the protests highlight the current “social housing crisis”, which they say the Government are making worse by cutting housing benefits, slashing funding for affordable homes and failing to build social housing. Current estimates suggest that 1.6 million families are on the waiting list for social housing and that 50,000 people face eviction due to the bedroom tax.[4]

The protests tap into the growing anger of people unable to access suitable housing for their families. In London the Focus E15 Mothers campaign, who are known for occupying council offices and show homes in East London[5] and activists from Disabled People Against Cuts[6] have joined the protest.

Vodafone was the first company to be targeted in a series of high-profile protests by UK Uncut for avoiding a £6bn tax bill in 2010.[7] It was recently revealed that Vodafone have not paid any corporation tax in the UK since 2011 despite making a post-tax profit of £59.4bn this year.[8] The protests are taking place just six weeks before Vodafone’s AGM and less than a year before the general election in which the government’s record on tackling tax avoidance while slashing public spending will be centre stage.

UK Uncut activist Charley Dainty, 27, said “We’re here to demand that the Government stop tax dodging by the super-rich and that Vodafone pay up. Cameron and his millionaire mates in Cabinet are overseeing cuts to housing benefits, the bedroom tax and rocketing rents which are forcing people into desperate situations. Vodafone’s dodged taxes could pay for safe and secure housing for the people who need it most”

Jasmine Stone, a member of Focus E15 said: “We’ll be at the VodaHome action with UK Uncut because there is not enough social housing being built and there should be enough for everyone”

ENDS

Notes for editors

UK Uncut (www.ukuncut.org) is a grassroots movement taking action to highlight alternatives to the government’s spending cuts.

[1] 341-349 Oxford St, London W1C 2JE

[2] Actions are planned in Bristol, Cornwall, Grimsby, London, Manchester, Newbury, Norwich, Peterborough, Glasgow and St Albans. See http://www.ukuncut.org/actions

[3] http://d25d2506sfb94s.cloudfront.net/cumulus_uploads/document/4wyibrfzi3/YG-Archive-140512-Barlow-Tax.pdf

[4] For information about the social housing waiting list see: http://www.ukuncut.org/blog/guest-blog-from-tuc and http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2008/aug/08/economy.housing

[5] http://www.opendemocracy.net/opensecurity/kate-belgrave/focus-e15-young-mothers-struggle-for-universal-housing

[6] www.dpac.uk.net

[7] UK Uncut first accused Vodafone of avoiding a £6bn tax bill relating to the purchase of German engineering firm Mannesmann in October 2010. At the time, the claim was dismissed by the company and HMRC as an ‘urban myth’. In 2011, however, a parliamentary committee said the deal ‘may have been illegal’ and could have been worth up to £8bn. The deal will now be investigated as part of the judge-led review of corporate tax deals struck by HMRC. See

– http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-1704527/Taxman-let-Vodafone-off-6bn-bill.html

– http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/8875360/Taxman-accused-of-letting-Vodafone-off-8-billion.html

– http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/dec/06/hmrc-tax-deal-vodafone

[8] http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1355daf4-db7f-11e3-b112-00144feabdc0.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/vodafone-courts-new-tax-row-with-transfer-to-luxembourg-haven-9504224.html


Press release: UK Uncut set to tackle Vodafone stores tomorrow over tax avoidance

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UK Uncut set to tackle Vodafone stores over tax avoidance

9 Vodafone stores across the UK to be targetted. Newly-announced protests include in Glasgow and St Albans.
Anti-austerity groups Focus E15 and Disabled People Against the Cuts to join protest in Central London.

UK Uncut has vowed that protests against Vodafone stores around the country will go ahead tomorrow, Saturday 14th June. Vodafone is accused of not paying any corporation tax since 2011 and of still owing £6bn tax dodge from a dodgy deal in 2001.[1] The protest groups say that this is money that belongs in the public purse.

Local protest groups have planned actions at Vodafone shops in Glasgow, St Alban’s and central London.[2] UK Uncut today vowed that these protests will go ahead, despite the mobile phone company saying the protests were “picking on the wrong target”[3].

Vodafone was UK Uncut’s first target in 2010, and the group say the government has still not done enough to stop them dodging tax. Protesters are demanding Vodafone to pay the billions in tax owed to the public purse. They say they will occupy Vodafone shops to transform them into homes, housing shelters and housewarming parties.[4]

UK Uncut says the protests will highlight the current “social housing crisis”, which they say the government are making worse by cutting housing benefits, slashing funding for affordable homes and failing to build social housing. Current estimates suggest that 1.6 million families are on the waiting list for social housing and that 50,000 people face eviction due to the bedroom tax.[5]

In London, protesters will meet at Cavendish Square, Soho at 10.45am, and during the action will transform a Vodafone into a house warming party with balloons, parachute children’s games and a creche. They will be joined by activists from the Focus E15 campaign, who are known for occupying council offices and show homes in East London,[6] and from Disabled People Against the Cuts.[7]

UK Uncut protester Stef Johnson, 32 said “Tomorrow we’ll show the government that they can’t let big business of the hook on huge amounts of tax avoidance. The money Vodafone owe could pay for thousands of new homes, or could stop the bedroom tax and benefit cap many times over. It’s unacceptable that the government choose to let rich tax dodgers off the hook, while making the poorest pay for a crisis they didn’t cause”

ENDS

Notes for editors

UK Uncut (www.ukuncut.org) is a grassroots movement taking action to highlight alternatives to the government’s spending cuts.

Vodafone was the first company to be targeted by a series of high-profile protests by UK Uncut for avoiding a £6bn tax bill in 2010. UK Uncut first accused Vodafone of avoiding a £6bn tax bill relating to the purchase of German engineering firm Mannesmann in October 2010. At the time, the claim was dismissed by the company and HMRC as an ‘urban myth’. In 2011, however, a parliamentary committee said the deal ‘may have been illegal’ and could have been worth up to £8bn. The deal will now be investigated as part of the judge-led review of corporate tax deals struck by HMRC. See

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-1704527/Taxman-let-Vodafone-off-6bn-bill.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/8875360/Taxman-accused-of-letting-Vodafone-off-8-billion.ht…

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/dec/06/hmrc-tax-deal-vodafone

[1] See http://www.ukuncut.org/blog/the-dodgy-house-of-vodafone

[2] Actions are planned in Bristol, Cornwall, Glasgow, Grimsby, London, Manchester, Newbury, Peterborough and St Alban’s. See http://www.ukuncut.org/actions

[3] Financial Times, May 15 2014: “UK Uncut to stage tax avoidance protests”. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1355daf4-db7f-11e3-b112-00144feabdc0.html#axzz34Uvxdoy9

[4] http://www.ukuncut.org/blog/call-out-vodahome-power-to-us
[5] For information about the social housing waiting list see: http://www.ukuncut.org/blog/guest-blog-from-tuc and http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2008/aug/08/economy.housing

For information about the bedroom tax forcing people to face eviction see: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-50000-people-are-now-facing-eviction-after-b…

[6] https://www.facebook.com/pages/Focus-E15-Mothers/602860129757343
[7] www.dpac.uk.net


Press release: Vodafone stores around the country to be targeted by nationwide UK Uncut protests.

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Vodafone stores around the country to be targeted by nationwide UK Uncut protests.

  • Protest groups Focus E15 Mothers to join in ‘national day of action’ to highlight cuts to social housing.
  • 7 actions planned across the country including in Cornwall, Manchester and central London.

Vodafone branches up and down the country are set to be targeted this Saturday, 14th June, by anti-austerity group UK Uncut, in protest against the mobile giant’s tax avoiding practices. So far 7 protests are planned to take place around the UK, in locations including in Manchester, Grimsby, Cornwall, Peterborough and central London.[1]

Vodafone was UK Uncut’s first target in 2010, and the group say the government has still not done enough to stop them dodging tax. Protesters are demanding Vodafone to pay the billions in tax owed to the public purse. They say they will occupy Vodafone shops to transform them into homes, housing shelters and housewarming parties.[2]

This week several protests committed their support for the protests. In London the Focus E15 Mothers campaign, who are known for occupying council offices and show homes in East London, will join the protest. The protest groups say their actions will be disruptive, but that they are a necessary and proportional response to the government’s lack of action to provide affordable, decent housing for all.

 Occupations will be staged to protest against to the government’s failure provide secure and safe homes. More than 215,000 households face eviction and 5.9 million homes in England fail to meet the Government’s Decent Home Standards. [3,4]

 In London, protesters will meet at Cavendish Square, Soho at 10.45am, and during the action will transform a Vodafone into a house warming party with balloons, parachute children’s games and a creche.

UK Uncut state that a “national day of action” focused on Vodafone’s tax dodging activities is needed because the company still owes tax on a deal from 2011, which was reported to cost the UK treasury £6bn. The campaign group also claims that the mobile phone provider “hasn’t paid a penny of corporation tax since 2011”,[5] and that forcing tax avoiders to pay their tax could avert a looming housing crisis in the UK.

Vodafone was the first company to be targeted by a series of high-profile protests by UK Uncut for avoiding a £6bn tax bill in 2010.[6] The action is due to take place just six weeks before Vodafone’s AGM and less than a year before the general election in which the government’s record on tackling tax avoidance while slashing public spending will be centre stage.

UK Uncut activist Kay Stevens, 28, said “The government have spoken tough but acted way too weak on tax dodging by millionaires and rich companies. Meanwhile our millionaire government is overseeing cuts to housing benefits, the bedroom tax and rocketing rents which are forcing people into desperate situations. Vodafone’s dodged taxes could pay for safe and secure housing for the people who need it most”

Jasmine Stone, a member of Focus E15 said: “We’ll be at the VodaHome action with UK Uncut because there is not enough social housing being built and there should be enough for everyone”

 ENDS

 Notes for editors

 UK Uncut (www.ukuncut.org) is a grassroots movement taking action to highlight alternatives to the government’s spending cuts.

[1] Actions are planned in Bristol, Cornwall, Grimsby, London, Manchester, Newbury and Peterborough. See http://www.ukuncut.org/actions

[2] http://www.ukuncut.org/blog/call-out-vodahome-power-to-us
 [3] http://www.independent.co.uk/money/mortgages/more-than-215000-households-face-eviction-9429656.html

[4] English Housing Survey Headline Report, 2010-11.

[5] http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1355daf4-db7f-11e3-b112-00144feabdc0.html

[6] UK Uncut first accused Vodafone of avoiding a £6bn tax bill relating to the purchase of German engineering firm Mannesmann in October 2010. At the time, the claim was dismissed by the company and HMRC as an ‘urban myth’. In 2011, however, a parliamentary committee said the deal ‘may have been illegal’ and could have been worth up to £8bn. The deal will now be investigated as part of the judge-led review of corporate tax deals struck by HMRC. See

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-1704527/Taxman-let-Vodafone-off-6bn-bill.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/8875360/Taxman-accused-of-letting-Vodafone-off-8-billion.ht…

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/dec/06/hmrc-tax-deal-vodafone


Guest blog: Michelle from Cornwall Uncut – why I’m taking action

Turn Vodafone into a #VodaHome! 

I have always been brought up to believe in good and honesty. I have both my parents to thank for that.

Here we are in 2014 and all I see is misery around us. Day after day all we hear is how bad things are.
Just today this struck me as very sad It appears that “3.5 million children will be in poverty by 2020″.
How can this be right when it’s 2014 and we’re supposed to be one of the richest Countries in the world?

We also have a housing crisis! What’s that all about? We have so, so many people in need of housing. We also have the poorest being struck down with Bedroom Tax! Let’s face it, if the Bedroom Tax was really all about ‘freeing up’ homes, then yes, the policy would have included pensioners. Not that I believe pensioners should be forced to give up their homes either mind. That should be forced upon NO one!!

Simple answer is, there are not enough new properties being built. I don’t just mean ‘affordable’ properties. We need many more new builds in social housing. Let’s face it a lot of these new ‘affordable homes’ are not even reachable by young newly weds or couples BOTH in employment! What is it that is going so wrong?

I may be disabled, I may be in receipt of Social Security but I still pay my dues in to the national pot. Nevermind all those that continually waffle on “oh you’re on benefits, you don’t pay tax” etc. Hmm, I’ve even seen a tweet from MP Brandon Lewis trying to pull that number!

WE DO!!!!!!! Yes, believe it or not, the poorest, sick, disabled and the unemployed all pay tax! So, if we all pay tax, then what’s the problem I hear you ask?
How about this for starters…

This Saturday I will be out on the streets in association with UKUncut’s Operation #VodaHome Why? – Let me tell you…

Many companies, such as Vodafone DO NOT pay their share of tax in to the national pot!

How can they get away with it is way beyond me.
Let me put it simply…I am a Vodafone customer and I have a Vodafone contract mobile. Once a month I receive a bill. Now then, within that bill is a certain amount of V.A.T. (Value Added Tax) Yes tax.
Now, if, I decided I didn’t want to pay that tax, what do you think would happen? Yes, I would be cutt off. Contract terminated. The thing is, I have no Choice. There is nothing I can do in order not to pay that tax. As I said, I was brought up to be honest and good, I wouldn’t want not to pay my share of tax.
So, just how come Vodafone can not pay any UK corporation tax for a third year in a row despite making a post-tax profit of £59.4bn? Yes, that was fifty nine point four billion!
Can you just imagine for one minute how much that could help the national treasury pot? Housing, NHS, social security, child poverty, foodbanks, all of these things could be better addressed if the tax was paid in to the pot!!
Yes, I am sure you can… It doesn’t take much to see that there is something drastically wrong here.

So, that is why I am going to be out on the streets Saturday June 14th.
Vodahome is the place to be.
Find an event near you or maybe even set up your own!!

This blog was first posted on Michelle’s own page: http://michellekent1.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/vodafone-to-vodahome/