Campaign Briefing : Fair Tax

Emma Hoddinott

Local Government Officer

General Secretary Claire McCarthy and Co-operative Party MP Seema Malhotra celebrate the Party being awarded the Fair Tax Mark in April 2016

Key Points:

  • The Co-operative Party believes that the economy should work for the benefit of us all, rather than private profit alone. That includes recognising companies who pay their fair share of tax.
  • The FairTax Mark identifies those businesses that pay their fair share from those who do not. It’s been dubbed the ‘new Fairtrade’ as the latest standard for ethically-minded consumer.
  • The Co-operative Party was the first political party to achieve the Fairtax Mark in April 2016.
  • Labour & Co-operative Councillors won a change in government procurement guidance for councils, so that a company’s tax record must be considered.

Time for action on tax :

  • Use of tax havens, and tax avoidance means that the very wealthy can often pay less tax than working people.
  • Britain’s top 5 co-operatives pay more UK tax than Amazon, Facebook, Apple, eBay and Starbuck combined.
Actions for Labour & Co-operative Candidates and Councillors :

Local Government can use its influence in the local economy and through procurement to support companies that are fair and transparent about their tax:

  • Pledge to support Fairtax in your council.
  • Make sure your council is following the Government’s new requirement on all councils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which stipulates that they must question potential suppliers on any recent history of tax evasion and avoidance.
  • Use the Fairtax Mark map to highlight and support those businesses already committed to FairTax :

Co-operative Action on Tax

Many local Labour & Co-operative Councillors have passed motions supporting the Fair Tax mark and making substantive changes to their procurement procedures to recognise those companies that are fair and transparent about their tax arrangements. This resulted in Government changes in procurement that must now be followed by all councils.

Find out more

Councillors in Manchester carried out a scrutiny review looking at the issue of tax avoidance and the role and influence the council could play in tackling it.

Read their report

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  • If you have any general questions, visit our Local Government Hub where you can download a copy of our ‘Be a Co-operative Councillor’ guides as well as other useful resources (