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




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

Chris Schofield
John Gardner
Alison Page
Catherine Smith
Ida Norrman
Peter Connolly
Kevin Heath
Jo Casey
Zrinka Bralo
Rod Drury
David Robinson
Tim Allen
Nick coke
Susan friel
Andy Chambers
Froilan Legaspi
Murray McLean
Tim Sims
Ben Coode-Adams
Soledad Muñiz
Caroline Ibbott
Gillian Owen
Nigel Rooms
Ruth Hayes
Paul Regan
Jonathan Regan
Kate Whittle
269 signatures

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  • Chris Schofield
    signed 2015-04-12 12:30:13 +0100
  • John Gardner
    signed 2015-04-12 12:13:43 +0100
    No one in the UK should be paid less than the living wage in their area. Inequality and child poverty are directly linked to low wages.
  • Alison Page
    signed via 2015-04-12 12:13:20 +0100
  • Catherine Smith
    signed 2015-04-12 12:02:29 +0100
  • Ida Norrman
    signed 2015-04-12 11:58:58 +0100
  • Peter Connolly
    signed 2015-04-12 11:55:37 +0100
  • Kevin Heath
    signed 2015-04-12 11:54:59 +0100
  • Jo Casey
    signed 2015-04-12 11:32:48 +0100
  • Zrinka Bralo
    signed via 2015-04-12 11:28:18 +0100
    It is time to put an end to this disgraceful exploitation of workers and taxpayers. Make sure you remember this on the 7th May!
  • Rod Drury
    signed 2015-04-12 11:20:39 +0100
  • David Robinson
    @David_1953 tweeted link to this page. 2015-04-12 11:06:37 +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=33057
  • David Robinson
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-04-12 11:06:37 +0100
    Sign our Letter to Retail CEOs: 5 Successful Companies are Leeching £1 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay
  • David Robinson
    signed 2015-04-12 11:00:14 +0100
  • Tim Allen
    signed 2015-04-12 10:57:12 +0100
  • Nick coke
    signed 2015-04-12 10:47:01 +0100
  • Susan friel
    signed 2015-04-12 10:35:04 +0100
  • Andy Chambers
    signed 2015-04-12 10:30:23 +0100
    What a disgrace. Another example of exploitation of the little man. The corporate giants aren’t content with the demoralisation of zero hour contracts, but consistently ensuring that the man or woman on the tills or stacking shelves stays exactly where they are. The rich become richer, and some of the richest companies on earth count on money from a bankrupt government so that they don’t have to dig a little deeper. Enjoy bathing in your huge piles of money, while your employees count the coppers in their jars.
  • Froilan Legaspi
    signed 2015-04-12 10:27:52 +0100
  • Murray McLean
    signed 2015-04-12 10:27:06 +0100
  • Tim Sims
    signed 2015-04-12 10:00:42 +0100
  • Ben Coode-Adams
    signed 2015-04-12 09:59:06 +0100
  • Soledad Muñiz
    signed 2015-04-12 09:53:11 +0100
  • Caroline Ibbott
    signed via 2015-04-12 09:51:26 +0100
  • Gillian Owen
    signed 2015-04-12 09:47:12 +0100
  • Nigel Rooms
    signed 2015-04-12 09:46:07 +0100
  • Ruth Hayes
    signed 2015-04-12 09:45:39 +0100
  • Paul Regan
    signed 2015-04-12 09:38:30 +0100
  • Jonathan Regan
    signed 2015-04-12 09:37:26 +0100
  • Kate Whittle
    signed via 2015-04-12 09:35:44 +0100
  • Ian Wilson
    @Rockhopper29 tweeted link to this page. 2015-04-12 09:29:13 +0100
    Sign the petition: 5 Successful Companies are Leeching £5 billion from the Taxpayer to Subsidise Low Pay http://www.citizensuk.org/subsidy?recruiter_id=25176