Vodafone's continued tax avoidance scandal
The UK direct action group, UK Uncut, will once again shine the light on Vodafone's tax dodging antics during a planned national day of action on the 14th June. The protests have been sparked by the recent exposure of Gary Barlow's, amongst other celebrities, tax avoidance schemes. Uma Dagenheart, a supporter of the UK Uncut campaign, voiced her anger: “It’s outrageous that after four years of the public demanding action, the government has done nothing to make giants like Vodafone – or millionaires like Barlow – pay their tax. We are suffering from a housing crisis in this country and the tax that Vodafone owes could pay for thousands of new homes.”
According to UK Uncut, Vodafone “hasn't paid a penny of corporation tax since 2011, and that forcing tax avoiders to pay their tax could avert a looming housing crisis in the UK”. The 14th June protests will therefore focus on how tax dodging is crippling the UK’s social housing sector, and will respond to ' official statistics on housebuilding [which] are expected to show that the supply of homes continue to lag behind demand, and as news emerges that hostels are turning away the homeless due to a lack of available accommodation'. A spokesperson from the campaign group stated that branches “up and down the country [will be transformed] into living rooms, shelters, refuges, bedrooms and hostels".
Vodafone responded to accusations over its tax payments, stating that the company has paid “£275m in direct taxes, with its total cash contribution to the UK government being more than £1.8bn in 2013...UK Uncut protests are totally unwarranted and ignore all of the salient facts. Vodafone is a major investor in the UK. We are also a major source of direct and indirect employment in the UK."
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