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5 Successful Companies are Leeching £1 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay

SIGN OUR TAXPAYERS' LETTER TO THE CHIEF EXECUTIVES OF TESCO, ASDA, SAINSBURY'S, MORRISONS & NEXT CALLING FOR A LIVING WAGE

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To:

Dave Lewis (CEO Tesco)

Andy Clark (CEO Asda)

Mike Coupe (CEO Sainsbury’s)

David Potts (CEO Morrisons)

Simon Wolfson (CEO Next)

                                                                                                                                                                  12th April 2015

Dear CEOs,

We are shocked by new research from Citizens UK that finds low pay costing us taxpayers £11 billion in working benefits and tax credits.

It’s a scandal that your companies, including some of the largest and most profitable in the country, count on the public to prop up lousy pay to your workers and that, in some astonishing cases, you receive more in public subsidy than you contribute in corporation tax to the public purse.

Over 5 million people struggle to get by on less than a Living Wage and over 500,000 are directly employed by you. They deserve the chance to stand on their own two feet and taxpayers shouldn’t be left footing the bill for a profitable company’s poor pay.

There are now over 1,300 accredited Living Wage employers including 20 FTSE 100s. They are proving that there is a better way than low pay, bad jobs and a huge bill for the taxpayer.

Your five companies alone cost us £1 billion in public subsidy each year. That’s enough for 150 new schools or 4 million ambulance call outs and, staggeringly, is as much as your entire collective contribution in corporation tax.

Paying the Living Wage wouldn’t see your public subsidy eliminated, but it would be a major and affordable step towards balanced, responsible business.

We call on you to commit to paying the Living Wage as a way to properly reward your workers and re-balance your responsibilities to the public in a way that is fair and reasonable.

Who's signing

Wally Harbert
Ann Worthington
Sarah Hughes
Christopher Iddon
Douglas Rennie
paul murphy
Sarah Kapak
Martin Cooper
Kirsty Cowley
Fezzan Ahmed
Eleanor Walker
Zoe Lindholme
Susan Leader
Dave Simms
glen dyson
Henry Goodman
Henry Page
Arthur hall
Ruth Beckmann
Karen Hanson
Jenny Dawkins
Thomas Hague
Sarah Wiktorski
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  • Rosa Alba Macdonald
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-04-19 17:20:08 +0100
    Sign our Letter to Retail CEOs: 5 Successful Companies are Leeching £1 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay
  • Rosa Alba Macdonald
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    Sign our Letter to Retail CEOs: 5 Successful Companies are Leeching £1 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay http://www.citizensuk.org/subsidy?recruiter_id=33994
  • Daniel Blake
    @CarbonisedPleb tweeted link to this page. 2015-04-19 16:47:59 +0100
    Sign our Letter to Retail CEOs: 5 Successful Companies are Leeching £1 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay http://www.citizensuk.org/subsidy?recruiter_id=32257
  • Wally Harbert
    signed 2015-04-19 14:20:52 +0100
  • Ann Worthington
    signed 2015-04-18 13:02:51 +0100
  • Sarah Hughes
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-04-18 11:25:21 +0100
    Sign our Letter to Retail CEOs: 5 Successful Companies are Leeching £1 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay
  • Sarah Hughes
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  • Christopher Iddon
    signed 2015-04-17 20:36:54 +0100
  • Douglas Rennie
    signed via 2015-04-17 15:56:41 +0100
  • paul murphy
    signed 2015-04-17 14:38:41 +0100
    This is how minimum wage legislation can be abused.
  • Sarah Kapak
    signed 2015-04-17 12:14:21 +0100
  • Martin Cooper
    signed 2015-04-17 10:48:05 +0100
  • Kirsty Cowley
    signed 2015-04-17 10:44:49 +0100
  • Fezzan Ahmed
    signed 2015-04-17 09:31:53 +0100
  • Eleanor Walker
    signed 2015-04-15 11:17:25 +0100
    You’re the real benefit scroungers.
  • Zoe Lindholme
    signed via 2015-04-15 08:48:19 +0100
  • Susan Leader
    signed via 2015-04-14 23:41:14 +0100
  • Dave Simms
    signed via 2015-04-14 23:27:45 +0100
  • glen dyson
    signed 2015-04-14 23:17:40 +0100
    A scandal that large businesses spounge of the taxpayer
  • Henry Goodman
    signed 2015-04-14 21:04:56 +0100
  • Henry Page
    @henrypage tweeted link to this page. 2015-04-14 19:08:02 +0100
    Sign our Letter to Retail CEOs: 5 Successful Companies are Leeching £1 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay http://www.citizensuk.org/subsidy?recruiter_id=33757
  • Henry Page
    signed 2015-04-14 19:07:48 +0100
  • Arthur hall
    signed via 2015-04-14 17:03:40 +0100
  • Ruth Beckmann
    signed via 2015-04-14 16:54:51 +0100
  • Karen Hanson
    signed 2015-04-14 14:50:50 +0100
  • Jenny Dawkins
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-04-14 13:48:15 +0100
    Taxpayers subsidised businesses incl tesco, asda, morrissons to the tune of £11bn last year - because they don't pay enough for staff to live on. Sign here!
  • Jenny Dawkins
    signed via 2015-04-14 13:44:31 +0100
  • Thomas Hague
    signed via 2015-04-14 12:12:17 +0100
  • Sarah Wiktorski
    signed 2015-04-14 10:08:31 +0100
  • Jonathan Cox
    @citizenswales tweeted link to this page. 2015-04-13 22:46:32 +0100
    Sign our Letter to Retail CEOs: 5 Successful Companies are Leeching £1 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay http://www.citizensuk.org/subsidy?recruiter_id=2