UK cities, towns and districts standing up for responsible tax conduct
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 demonstrate alignment to their values by committing to take the lead in the promotion of exemplary 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 Mark 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. The UK Government has closed many tax avoidance loopholes in recent years, but an estimated £7bn of corporation tax receipts are still going astray 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.