Councillors across the UK work hard to serve their local communities and help direct the delivery of essential public services. By signing up to the Councils for Fair Tax Declaration, councils can demonstrate alignment to their values and pioneer the promotion of responsible tax conduct through:
- leading by example on their own tax conduct
- demanding greater transparency from suppliers
- calling for more meaningful powers to tackle tax avoidance amongst suppliers when buying goods and services.
Research commissioned by the Fair Tax Foundation from DatLab has revealed that between 2014-19, a huge 17.5% of UK public procurement contracts – with a combined value of £37.5bn – were won by businesses with connections to a tax haven. Recent research has found that the UK loses an estimated £17bn in corporation tax revenues as a result of profit shifting alone.
Significantly, polling has found that two-thirds of the public agree that the government and local councils should consider a company’s ethics and how they pay their taxes as well as value for money and quality of service, when undertaking procurement.