Five reasons to join us in #CelebratingFair this June, during Fair Tax Week

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By Graham Drummond Head of Communications Email Graham     Fair Tax Week 2021 runs from 5-13th June, incorporating Tax Justice Sunday on 6th June, and we’re really not far off now. Here at Fair Tax Foundation HQ we’re super excited, so we’re sharing with you five reasons to join in with the week and help us in #CelebratingFair. 1. Celebrating responsible business has never been more important Fair Tax Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and recognise the companies and organisations that are proud to promote responsible tax conduct and pay their fair share of corporation tax. Given…

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Our name has changed

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We are excited to share some important news regarding the evolution of our organisation. We are delighted to announce that our organisational name has changed, as follows: from “Fair Tax Mark” to “Fair Tax Foundation” One of the key reasons for this change is to allow a distinction between our organisation name and the Fair Tax Mark, the accreditation standard we provide to businesses. Previously, we had the Fair Tax Mark awarding the Fair Tax Mark accreditation, which was inelegant and confusing to some third parties – in particular, the  press and media. Going forward, we are the Fair Tax…

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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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Fair Tax Week 2021 dates announced

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The Fair Tax Mark is pleased to announce that Fair Tax Week 2021 will run from 5th – 13th June, incorporating Tax Justice Sunday on 6th June. The week is a UK-wide recognition of the companies and organisations that are proud to promote responsible tax conduct and pay their fair share of corporation tax. As the UK emerges from economic lockdown and looks to rebuild public finances post-covid, the UK’s corporation tax regime will be subjected to once in a generation levels of change. The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced this month that £25bn of unprecedented super-deduction capital allowance tax reliefs are to be made available to big UK businesses, but that these will be followed by a significant increase in…

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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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Harriet Lamb CBE joins Fair Tax Mark board

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We are delighted to announce that Harriet Lamb CBE has joined the Fair Tax Mark’s board of directors.  Currently CEO of Ashden, the climate solutions charity, Harriet previously headed up Fairtrade in both the UK and internationally, and authored Fighting the Banana Wars. The first woman to be made an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, she was appointed a CBE in 2006 and was named Orange Businesswoman of the Year in 2008. Harriet’s vast experience and knowledge in building and bolstering fairness and social justice internationally will now help guide the Fair Tax Mark as businesses worldwide seek the accreditation to demonstrate their commitment to responsible tax conduct and transparency. The Fair Tax Mark is an independent certification, which recognises organisations that demonstrate they are paying the right…

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Luxury accommodation provider Kingham Cottages secures Fair Tax Mark

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Cotswolds-based Kingham Cottages has today secured its first Fair Tax Mark certification, and joins the growing movement of responsible businesses who are proud to ‘say what they pay with pride’.  Situated in the heart of Kingham village, the self-catering holiday cottages are set amongst five acre grounds and offer an indoor heated pool, Turkish steam bath and tennis court. On the doorstep of the countryside, the luxury accommodation is popular with walkers, cyclists and anyone looking for a UK break.  As part of the accreditation process, Kingham Cottages has published a Fair Tax Mark Statement that makes clear:    who owns and controls the business;  what profits the business has…

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

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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 our economy and tackle inequalities. Matt Baqueriza-Jackson, Chair of the Greater Manchester Social Value Network, said: “We’re really pleased that fair tax is recognised as a core social value consideration. It’s about all businesses and organisations taking practical steps to…

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Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association secures Fair Tax Mark

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The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has today (January 15th 2020) secured its first Fair Tax Mark certification, and joins the growing movement of responsible business and trade associations that are proud to ‘say what they pay with pride’.  The PLSA represent the defined benefit, defined contribution, master trust and local authority pension schemes that together provide a retirement income to 20 million savers in the UK and invest £1 trillion in the UK and abroad. Their members also include asset managers, consultants, law firms, fintechs and others who play an influential role in the governance, investment, administration and management of people’s financial futures.  The Fair Tax Mark an independent certification, which recognises organisations that demonstrate they are…

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