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Communications and Events Officer

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Communications and Events Officer We are seeking someone with experience of working in a communications and events role looking for a rewarding new challenge. This is a new role and you will work alongside the Fair Tax Mark team and support the Head of Communications to plan, develop and deliver our communications. You will also help design and run a range of imaginative external events (all now subject to change given the covid crisis). Success in this role will require you to generate content across multiple channels which ensures we engage regularly with all our stakeholders, supporters and accredited businesses….

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Sunderland and South Tyneside are latest councils to support fair tax

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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 by example. Everyone needs to pay their fair share, especially now when public spending is under such intense pressure, and the challenges this presents to the maintenance of crucial frontline services. ” South Tyneside Councillor, David Francis, said: “I’m proud…

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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’

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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 would see non-disclosure of supplier beneficial ownership (i.e. identification of those with significant control of a business) be deemed as a mandatory bar to contract bidding. A central debarment register is also proposed, together with the introduction of more open…

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Lincoln, Edinburgh and Trafford are latest to champion fair tax conduct

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Local councils across the UK have made it clear: these tough times are no obstacle to doing the right thing on tax. Three more – the City of Lincoln Council, the City of Edinburgh Council and Trafford Council – have made significant commitments in support of responsible tax conduct, joining the six already signed up. Lincoln and Trafford have both approved our Councils for Fair Tax Declaration, committing them to lead by example on their own tax conduct, demand greater transparency from suppliers, and, call for more meaningful powers to tackle tax avoidance amongst suppliers. In Trafford, the motion passed…

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Fair Tax Mark responds to Government consultation on freeports

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The UK Government recently announced its intention to create up to 10 ‘freeports’ across the country. These are essentially special economic zones, and characteristically offer looser customs rules with the aim of attracting investment, but are also known to provide resident businesses with a wider set of preferential treatments including tax reliefs. Freeports are an issue we are concerned about due to the likelihood that they will exacerbate tax avoidance and evasion in the UK, encourage a global race to the bottom on corporation tax, create unfair advantages to a select group of businesses, and, attract illicit actors, such as…

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We need a Fair Tax Lockdown on bailouts

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The UK Government, like many across the world, is making available unprecedented financial support for businesses and workers impacted by the Covid-19 economic lockdown. This is right and proper given the economic lockdown is being undertaken to lessen the impact of Covid-19 on society; in particular, in protection of the elderly and those with existing health conditions. The package of support includes: a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme deferring VAT and Self-Assessment payments a Self-employment Income Support Scheme a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) a 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure…

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Fair Tax Mark’s 2019, and what’s next in 2020

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2019, another year of strong growth and innovation The Fair Tax Mark realised a number of landmarks in 2019, making it our most impactful year yet. A big thank you to all those in business and civil society who have done so much to help us grow our collective influence and reach. The number of Fair Tax certified businesses passed the ’50’ milestone in March, with the year seeing new certifications for FTSE-listed plcs (United Utilities,  Severn Trent and Eurocell), social enterprises (Suma Wholefoods, Southern Co-op, Community Leisure UK, Energy4All and VME Retail) and a range of private enterprises (Affinity…

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Greenwich is sixth Council to approve Fair Tax Declaration

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The Royal Borough of Greenwich has become the first in London to commit to our Councils for Fair Tax Declaration, joining Oxford, Oldham, Peterborough, Cannock Chase and Bingley as the sixth council to stand up for responsible tax conduct. It’s been heartening to see the breadth of support for this campaign. Councillors, whatever their political allegiance, work hard to direct the delivery of local public services and most will balk at seeing the public finances on which Councils rely undermined by dodgy and opaque tax practices. Cllr Christine Grice, Greenwich’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources said: “As a cabinet…

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ICRS seminar explores Fair Tax Mark

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The Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) recently hosted a webinar exploring ‘Responsible Approaches to Tax’. The discussion featured The Fair Tax Mark, along with two of our accredited businesses, Leeds Building Society and Pennon. The webinar covered both the history of the Fair Tax Mark, as well as revealing what motivated these two leading businesses to gain accreditation and the challenges they encountered. If you would like to access a recording of the webinar, just click on the link below:

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“If we can’t beat them, join them” No thank you.

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Cate Atwater, Chief Executive, Community Leisure UK, shares her views about how the Fair Tax Mark helps the organisation she leads demonstrate its values, and the challenge of ‘fake non-profits’ operating in the public leisure services sector. If you would like to share your views about transparency; how you managed to certify as a Fair Tax Mark organisation; or why fair tax matters to you, we’d be pleased to hear from you press@fairtaxmark.net This is a guest blog post and its content represents the views of the author, not necessarily the views of the Fair Tax Mark. “Cate, these models…

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