Press release: UK Uncut set to tackle Vodafone stores tomorrow over tax avoidance

Posted on Fri 13th Jun 2014, 7:47am
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel 07415 063 231
Email ukuncut@gmail.com


UK Uncut set to tackle Vodafone stores over tax avoidance


9 Vodafone stores across the UK to be targetted. Newly-announced protests include in Glasgow and St Albans.
Anti-austerity groups Focus E15 and Disabled People Against the Cuts to join protest in Central London.

UK Uncut has vowed that protests against Vodafone stores around the country will go ahead tomorrow, Saturday 14th June. Vodafone is accused of not paying any corporation tax since 2011 and of still owing £6bn tax dodge from a dodgy deal in 2001.[1] The protest groups say that this is money that belongs in the public purse.



Local protest groups have planned actions at Vodafone shops in Glasgow, St Alban's and central London.[2] UK Uncut today vowed that these protests will go ahead, despite the mobile phone company saying the protests were "picking on the wrong target"[3].

Vodafone was UK Uncut's first target in 2010, and the group say the government has still not done enough to stop them dodging tax. Protesters are demanding Vodafone to pay the billions in tax owed to the public purse. They say they will occupy Vodafone shops to transform them into homes, housing shelters and housewarming parties.[4]


UK Uncut says the protests will highlight the current "social housing crisis", which they say the government are making worse by cutting housing benefits, slashing funding for affordable homes and failing to build social housing. Current estimates suggest that 1.6 million families are on the waiting list for social housing and that 50,000 people face eviction due to the bedroom tax.[5]


In London, protesters will meet at Cavendish Square, Soho at 10.45am, and during the action will transform a Vodafone into a house warming party with balloons, parachute children's games and a creche. They will be joined by activists from the Focus E15 campaign, who are known for occupying council offices and show homes in East London,[6] and from Disabled People Against the Cuts.[7]

UK Uncut protester Stef Johnson, 32 said "Tomorrow we'll show the government that they can't let big business of the hook on huge amounts of tax avoidance. The money Vodafone owe could pay for thousands of new homes, or could stop the bedroom tax and benefit cap many times over. It's unacceptable that the government choose to let rich tax dodgers off the hook, while making the poorest pay for a crisis they didn't cause"



ENDS



Notes for editors



UK Uncut (www.ukuncut.org.uk) is a grassroots movement taking action to highlight alternatives to the government's spending cuts.

Vodafone was the first company to be targeted by a series of high-profile protests by UK Uncut for avoiding a £6bn tax bill in 2010. UK Uncut first accused Vodafone of avoiding a £6bn tax bill relating to the purchase of German engineering firm Mannesmann in October 2010. At the time, the claim was dismissed by the company and HMRC as an 'urban myth'. In 2011, however, a parliamentary committee said the deal 'may have been illegal' and could have been worth up to £8bn. The deal will now be investigated as part of the judge-led review of corporate tax deals struck by HMRC. See
- http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-1704527/Taxman-let-Vodafone-off-6bn-bill.html
- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/8875360/Taxman-accused-of-letting-Vodafone-off-8-billion.ht...
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/dec/06/hmrc-tax-deal-vodafone

[1] See http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/blog/the-dodgy-house-of-vodafone
[2] Actions are planned in Bristol, Cornwall, Glasgow, Grimsby, London, Manchester, Newbury, Peterborough and St Alban's. See http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/actions
[3] Financial Times, May 15 2014: "UK Uncut to stage tax avoidance protests". http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1355daf4-db7f-11e3-b112-00144feabdc0.html#axzz34Uvxdoy9
[4] http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/blog/call-out-vodahome-power-to-us
[5] For information about the social housing waiting list see: http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/blog/guest-blog-from-tuc and http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2008/aug/08/economy.housing
For information about the bedroom tax forcing people to face eviction see: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-50000-people-are-now-facing-eviction-after-b...
[6] https://www.facebook.com/pages/Focus-E15-Mothers/602860129757343
[7] www.dpac.uk.net

Guest cartoon blog by Sylvie from Mid-Wales Uncut!

Posted on Wed 11th Jun 2014, 10:23am

Vodafone; Pay Your Tax!



To see more of Sylvie's work go to http://youtookthatwell.com/

Join the #VodaHome actions on June 14th - tell Vodafone to pay their tax and the government to stop their cuts to housing. Find your local action here, or organise your own.

Press release: Vodafone stores around the country to be targeted by nationwide UK Uncut protests.

Posted on Tue 10th Jun 2014, 1:39pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel 07415 063 231
 Email ukuncut@gmail.com

Vodafone stores around the country to be targeted by nationwide UK Uncut protests.
  • Protest groups Focus E15 Mothers to join in 'national day of action' to highlight cuts to social housing.
  • 7 actions planned across the country including in Cornwall, Manchester and central London.
Vodafone branches up and down the country are set to be targeted this Saturday, 14th June, by anti-austerity group UK Uncut, in protest against the mobile giant's tax avoiding practices. So far 7 protests are planned to take place around the UK, in locations including in Manchester, Grimsby, Cornwall, Peterborough and central London.[1]

Vodafone was UK Uncut's first target in 2010, and the group say the government has still not done enough to stop them dodging tax. Protesters are demanding Vodafone to pay the billions in tax owed to the public purse. They say they will occupy Vodafone shops to transform them into homes, housing shelters and housewarming parties.[2]

This week several protests committed their support for the protests. In London the Focus E15 Mothers campaign, who are known for occupying council offices and show homes in East London, will join the protest. The protest groups say their actions will be disruptive, but that they are a necessary and proportional response to the government's lack of action to provide affordable, decent housing for all.

 Occupations will be staged to protest against to the government's failure provide secure and safe homes. More than 215,000 households face eviction and 5.9 million homes in England fail to meet the Government’s Decent Home Standards. [3,4]

 In London, protesters will meet at Cavendish Square, Soho at 10.45am, and during the action will transform a Vodafone into a house warming party with balloons, parachute children's games and a creche.

UK Uncut state that a “national day of action” focused on Vodafone's tax dodging activities is needed because the company still owes tax on a deal from 2011, which was reported to cost the UK treasury £6bn. The campaign group also claims that the mobile phone provider “hasn’t paid a penny of corporation tax since 2011”,[5] and that forcing tax avoiders to pay their tax could avert a looming housing crisis in the UK.

Vodafone was the first company to be targeted by a series of high-profile protests by UK Uncut for avoiding a £6bn tax bill in 2010.[6] The action is due to take place just six weeks before Vodafone's AGM and less than a year before the general election in which the government’s record on tackling tax avoidance while slashing public spending will be centre stage.

UK Uncut activist Kay Stevens, 28, said "The government have spoken tough but acted way too weak on tax dodging by millionaires and rich companies. Meanwhile our millionaire government is overseeing cuts to housing benefits, the bedroom tax and rocketing rents which are forcing people into desperate situations. Vodafone's dodged taxes could pay for safe and secure housing for the people who need it most"

Jasmine Stone, a member of Focus E15 said: "We'll be at the VodaHome action with UK Uncut because there is not enough social housing being built and there should be enough for everyone"

 ENDS

 Notes for editors

 UK Uncut (www.ukuncut.org.uk) is a grassroots movement taking action to highlight alternatives to the government's spending cuts.

[1] Actions are planned in Bristol, Cornwall, Grimsby, London, Manchester, Newbury and Peterborough. See http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/actions
[2] http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/blog/call-out-vodahome-power-to-us
 [3] http://www.independent.co.uk/money/mortgages/more-than-215000-households-face-eviction-9429656.html
[4] English Housing Survey Headline Report, 2010-11.
[5] http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1355daf4-db7f-11e3-b112-00144feabdc0.html
[6] UK Uncut first accused Vodafone of avoiding a £6bn tax bill relating to the purchase of German engineering firm Mannesmann in October 2010. At the time, the claim was dismissed by the company and HMRC as an 'urban myth'. In 2011, however, a parliamentary committee said the deal 'may have been illegal' and could have been worth up to £8bn. The deal will now be investigated as part of the judge-led review of corporate tax deals struck by HMRC. See
- http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-1704527/Taxman-let-Vodafone-off-6bn-bill.html
- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/8875360/Taxman-accused-of-letting-Vodafone-off-8-billion.ht...
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2011/dec/06/hmrc-tax-deal-vodafone
Displaying posts 10 - 12 of 277 in total

Latest posts

Guest cartoon blog by Sylvie from Mid-Wales Uncut!
Wed 11th Jun 2014, 10:23am
Press release: Vodafone stores around the country to be targeted by nationwide UK Uncut protests.
Tue 10th Jun 2014, 1:39pm
Guest blog: Michelle from Cornwall Uncut - why I'm taking action
Tue 10th Jun 2014, 10:00am
Guest blog: Fighting the cuts & corporate power
Tue 10th Jun 2014, 8:30am
Guest blog from Paula, disability rights campaigner
Sat 7th Jun 2014, 6:00pm
Guest blog from Val from Grimsby UK Uncut
Sat 7th Jun 2014, 4:00pm
Guest blog from Frances O'Grady, General Secretary of the TUC
Fri 6th Jun 2014, 6:30pm
Guest blog from GMB, trade union
Fri 6th Jun 2014, 8:30am
UK Uncut speak to the Artist Taxi Driver!
Tue 3rd Jun 2014, 7:45pm
The dodgy house of Vodafone
Wed 28th May 2014, 7:48pm
Displaying posts 11 - 20 of 277 in total