With thanks to Defend Education Campaign Aberdeen.
Saturday 18th of December saw a wave of over 50 demonstrations against corporate tax avoidance across the UK. The ‘Pay Day’ action was coordinated by the anti-cuts group ukuncut.
Protesters targeted retail outlets owned by the Arcadia Group whose owner, Sir Philip Green, is alleged to have avoided paying £285 million in tax by channeling funds to his wife in Monaco.
In Aberdeen, protesters descended on Topshop on Union Street with placards and banners reading “Topshop: tax dodgers” and “Big Society Revenue & Customs.” The protest was conducted peacefully, with the group singing tax-avoidance themed parodies of Christmas carols and handing out leaflets to passers by.
The so-called “Tax Gap” – tax revenues lost through evasion, avoidance and planning largely by corporations and wealthy individuals – is estimated to cost the Government £120 billion a year.(1)
For more information on ‘Tax Gap’ see Richard Murphy’s Report ‘The Missing Billions’