Npower - the big tax turnoff
Robin Priestly from 38 degrees talks about the Npower switch over campaign.
Tax-dodging. It’s been all over the headlines. And on our own, it’s easy to feel powerless when we face big business. But people power has changed that. 38 Degrees members have teamed up with Ethical Consumer to find a way to fight back.
When Npower admitted they hadn’t paid a single penny of corporation tax for three years, 38 Degrees members sprang into action. Thousands of us signed a huge petition. We funded an investigation that proved their profits had been channelled through Malta and our people-powered, tax-dodging scoop hit the front pages.
And then we played our trump card: a new tool on the 38 Degrees website to make it easy for Npower customers to switch providers. So far, it’s working. Over 3000 Npower customers have changed energy companies.
It’s a simple two-step process to switch energy supplier, and it only takes about 5 minutes:
Step 1 - email Npower to tell them why you’re leaving
Step 2 - pick a new supplier from the list, and sign up to switch at their website
If you haven't switched gas or electricity company before, don't worry it's a simple process. The 38 Degrees office team have worked with Ethical Consumer to pull together a list of the very best, ethical (and affordable) energy suppliers in the UK. All of them pay their fair share of UK Corporation tax.
We’ve heard excuse after excuse from the energy giant, but they haven’t taken any firm action. They’ve even refused to meet Npower customers. Now it’s time to show them we really mean business.
When companies like Npower dodge paying tax, it means more cuts or higher taxes for the rest of us. Now we have the chance to bring them down a peg or two and make them understand that their actions have consequences.
Big companies have been dodging tax for years - but as we saw with Starbucks last year, when their customers and the public get angry, companies listen.
If you’re an Npower customer, you can make the switch here.
The alternative suppliers all feature as tax-paying, more ethical companies in Ethical Consumer's up-and-coming guide to gas and electricity suppliers.
This new guide will be released in mid June. Meanwhile, check out the current guide which recommends Good Energy and Green Energy as Best Buys.
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