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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

Sarah Wiktorski
Jonathan Cox
Les Sage
Peter Eccles
Andrew Temple
Verity Hanson
John Rasmussen
Ann Morgan
Andrew Doherty
Peter Noble
Petra Matthews-Crow
Gabrielle vaughan
Jane Cooke
alan waddell
Penny Hall
Jon Baldwin
John Gribbin
Becca Kirkpatrick
andy heap
Lisa Nathan
Matt Austin
Hannah Watson
Susanna hurrell
Paul Burgess
Adrian Bulley
269 signatures

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  • 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
  • Jonathan Cox
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    Sign our Letter to Retail CEOs: 5 Successful Companies are Leeching £1 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay
  • Jonathan Cox
    signed 2015-04-13 22:46:12 +0100
  • Les Sage
    signed 2015-04-13 21:07:35 +0100
  • Peter Eccles
    signed 2015-04-13 19:54:10 +0100
  • Andrew Temple
    signed 2015-04-13 19:23:56 +0100
  • Fred Murch
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-04-13 19:14:31 +0100
    Sign our Letter to Retail CEOs: 5 Successful Companies are Leeching £1 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay
  • Fred Murch
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-04-13 19:14:30 +0100
    Sign our Letter to Retail CEOs: 5 Successful Companies are Leeching £1 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay
  • Fred Murch
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-04-13 19:14:28 +0100
    Sign our Letter to Retail CEOs: 5 Successful Companies are Leeching £1 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay
  • Verity Hanson
    signed 2015-04-13 18:10:46 +0100
  • John Rasmussen
    signed 2015-04-13 16:54:56 +0100
    It’s time to stop this nonsense if you can’t pay a living wage you should be ashamed of yourselves,and shouldn’t be in business
  • Ann Morgan
    signed 2015-04-13 15:36:07 +0100
    We have been campaigning in Lancaster since early December raising public awareness to the fact that major retailers are being subsidies by the public purse. This research really helps our campaign.
  • Andrew Doherty
    signed 2015-04-13 15:34:07 +0100
  • Peter Noble
    signed 2015-04-13 15:31:05 +0100
  • Petra Matthews-Crow
    signed 2015-04-13 14:03:40 +0100
  • Gabrielle vaughan
    signed 2015-04-13 12:37:21 +0100
  • Jane Cooke
    signed 2015-04-13 12:08:16 +0100
  • alan waddell
    signed 2015-04-13 11:59:31 +0100
  • Penny Hall
    signed 2015-04-13 11:56:01 +0100
  • Jon Baldwin
    signed 2015-04-13 11:06:18 +0100
  • John Gribbin
    signed 2015-04-13 10:42:08 +0100
  • Becca Kirkpatrick
    signed 2015-04-13 10:25:13 +0100
  • andy heap
    signed 2015-04-13 09:54:12 +0100
  • Lisa Nathan
    signed 2015-04-13 09:51:53 +0100
  • Matt Austin
    signed 2015-04-13 09:35:11 +0100
  • Hannah Watson
    signed 2015-04-13 09:09:50 +0100
  • Susanna hurrell
    signed 2015-04-13 08:59:49 +0100
  • Paul Burgess
    signed 2015-04-13 08:59:03 +0100
  • Adrian Bulley
    signed 2015-04-13 08:07:31 +0100