London leaders line up to champion UK Fair Tax Councils Declaration

The past two years have seen a surge in support for the Councils for Fair Tax Declaration across Greater London, with Hackney Council and Mayor Sadiq Khan the latest to give their backing. It puts Greater London further into pole position as the UK’s number one regional municipal champion of responsible tax conduct. More than a third of London boroughs …

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Fair tax proposals included in new Business Plan for Britain

With the UK heading for a general election in the coming months, a coalition of social economy organisations, dubbed the Future Economy Alliance, is calling on government to include responsible taxation measures in a new Business Plan for Britain. Launched by the Alliance in parliament on 7 March, the plan sets out fixes to build a stronger, fairer, greener future …

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Fair Tax Council, Westminster City, pushes for new regulations to clean up the high street

Westminster City Council is one of almost 60 UK local authorities to have signed up as a Fair Tax Council, and stands out on account of its additional pledge to tackle dirty money in the locality. The London council’s efforts have now gone so far as to potentially influence national policy, securing a commitment from the Shadow Treasury team to …

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Independent verification helps build trust in responsible tax claims

The Ipsos Global Trustworthiness Monitor reported in 2023 that less than a third of the global public trust business leaders to ‘tell the truth’ (30%) or ‘generally behave in an ethical way’ (29%) - albeit trust levels vary widely across the 21 countries surveyed. Given this lack of trust, independent third-party verification is crucial for enhancing credibility of corporate claims …

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Vast majority of UK public want Government to take action on economic crime in British Overseas Territories

Our friends at the UK Anti-Corruption Coalition (UKACC) have today released polling results on Britain's role in tackling economic crime in its offshore financial centres. It comes as British Overseas Territories* representatives arrive in London for a key meeting, which is set to include a discussion on public registers of beneficial ownership. At first glance it may not seem obvious …

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Birmingham City Council commits to the Councils for Fair Tax Declaration

Birmingham City Council joins a growing movement of towns, cities and districts standing up for responsible tax conduct. Council leaders have agreed to approve the Councils for Fair Tax Declaration, making Birmingham the thirteenth local council in the UK to stand up for responsible tax conduct. The announcement comes during Fair Tax Week, the UK-wide recognition of the companies and …

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Sunderland and South Tyneside are latest councils to support fair tax

Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council have become the first councils in the North East of England to take a stand for responsible tax conduct. A motion supporting the Councils for Fair Tax Declaration was unanimously approved by Sunderland councillors in January, with South Tyneside Council following swiftly after. Sunderland Councillor Niall Hodson said: “It’s important that we lead …

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The UK has an opportunity for public procurement to drive out the corrupt and recognise responsible tax conduct – our response to the UK Government’s consultation on ‘transforming public procurement’

With the UK now outside the European Union, and an independent member of the WTO’s Global Procurement Agreement, the UK Government is looking afresh at the legal framework for public procurement, its role and aims. From a fair tax perspective, reforms proposed in the ‘Transforming public procurement‘ Green Paper cover some new and welcome ground. For the first time we …

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Greater Manchester becomes first combined authority in England to encourage fair tax standards

Greater Manchester has become the first combined authority in England to encourage businesses and organisations in its region to pay the right amount of tax and adhere to Fair Tax Mark standards. Fair tax is newly included in GMCA’s refreshed Social Value Framework, which the authority says should guide the actions of all organisations across the city region to help rebuild …

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