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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

Gaurang Morjaria
Meryl Wilkins
Linda Brachio
Stephen Toovey
Angela Freeman
Richard Thompson
nicola aldous
Claire Calverley
Liz Smith
Andrew Rudduck
Jan Norman-Philips
Rebekah Gibson
Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos
John Crowley
Karen Rooms
David Blake
Vittoria De Meo
Tim Regan
Louise Folkes
Sonia geissler
Nerina Vaughan
fiona goldie
Andrew Twaits
gareth clough
eileen kersey
maurice neville
269 signatures

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  • Gaurang
    @gaurangmorjaria tweeted link to this page. 2015-04-12 17:26:16 +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=29475
  • Gaurang Morjaria
    signed 2015-04-12 17:25:07 +0100
  • Meryl Wilkins
    signed 2015-04-12 17:12:44 +0100
  • Linda Brachio
    signed 2015-04-12 17:07:31 +0100
    This is wrong – you should pay your staff a living wage and not rely on the taxpayer to subsidise you. This scrounger mentality needs to stop.
  • Stephen Toovey
    signed 2015-04-12 17:03:26 +0100
  • Angela Freeman
    signed 2015-04-12 17:03:24 +0100
  • Richard Thompson
    signed 2015-04-12 16:59:43 +0100
  • nicola aldous
    signed 2015-04-12 16:57:54 +0100
  • Claire Calverley
    signed 2015-04-12 16:45:50 +0100
  • Liz Smith
    signed 2015-04-12 16:35:06 +0100
  • Andrew Rudduck
    signed 2015-04-12 16:18:08 +0100
  • Jan Norman-Philips
    signed 2015-04-12 15:03:31 +0100
    It would seem that big businesses are the real “Benefits Scroungers” that need to be stopped!

    As a UK Tax payer I strongly object to my taxes being used to line the pockets of these corporate fat cats…
  • Rebekah Gibson
    signed 2015-04-12 14:38:44 +0100
  • Dionyssis Dimitrakopoulos
    signed 2015-04-12 14:37:34 +0100
    I promise I will never buy anything from your shops as long as you do not 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.
  • John Crowley
    signed 2015-04-12 14:27:06 +0100
  • Karen Rooms
    signed 2015-04-12 14:17:57 +0100
  • David Blake
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-04-12 13:59:04 +0100
    Sign our Letter to Retail CEOs: 5 Successful Companies are Leeching £1 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay
  • David Blake
    signed 2015-04-12 13:58:40 +0100
    I agree
  • Vittoria De Meo
    signed 2015-04-12 13:45:49 +0100
  • Tim Regan
    signed via 2015-04-12 13:40:05 +0100
  • Louise Folkes
    signed 2015-04-12 13:39:54 +0100
  • Sonia geissler
    signed 2015-04-12 13:37:01 +0100
    pay a living wage and pay your full tax bill.
  • Nerina Vaughan
    signed 2015-04-12 13:08:52 +0100
  • fiona goldie
    signed 2015-04-12 13:02:45 +0100
  • Andrew Twaits
    signed 2015-04-12 12:47:54 +0100
  • gareth clough
    signed 2015-04-12 12:44:48 +0100
  • eileen kersey
    @TEKJournalismUK tweeted link to this page. 2015-04-12 12:43:26 +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=33079
  • eileen kersey
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-04-12 12:43:26 +0100
    Sign our Letter to Retail CEOs: 5 Successful Companies are Leeching £1 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay
  • eileen kersey
    signed 2015-04-12 12:42:19 +0100
  • maurice neville
    signed 2015-04-12 12:38:25 +0100