Lambeth’s Councilors voted to support a Labour motion at September’s Full Council meeting that committed Lambeth Council to implementing the Fair Tax Mark declaration as part of its responsible procurement policy. This means Lambeth Council will require greater transparency from the companies it contracts to supply services to Lambeth residents – including on the measures they take to tackle tax avoidance.
Mary has been campaigning for Lambeth Council to sign the Fair Tax Mark declaration for a number of years and called for an urgent adoption of this policyback in July. The Council’s Responsible Procurement Policy makes sure the money spent on contracted services lives up to our shared values of fair work and fair pay – guaranteeing companies we work with pay the London Living Wage as a minimum, support apprenticeships and training for local people and contribute to the effort to make Lambeth carbon neutral by 2030.
Research commissioned by the Fair Tax Foundation revealed that between 2014 and 2019, £37.5bn of public sector contracts were won by businesses with connections to a tax haven – whilst an estimated £7bn of corporation tax from big businesses still goes missing. Tax avoidance means that there is less money for the Government to use to support public services and makes it harder for us to secure the kind of change we all aspire for.