Guest Column: Big companies must pay their fair share of tax

John Mann MP
John Mann MP

This week, I raised my concerns with the Chancellor about hospitals using outsourced staff and services to avoid paying corporation tax.

This means that if an NHS Trust hospital like Bassetlaw has a Costa coffee shop which makes more than £50,000 a year, Costa should have to pay corporation tax.

Any other amount less means that the business is exempt.

This is unacceptable. Every business, wherever it is based, must abide by the law and pay the correct amount of tax it owes the Government.

We cannot continue to have businesses getting away with making profits in our hospitals and not paying the correct tax.

The outsourcing of staff jobs to save on VAT is astonishing.

They are paying another company to employ staff in order to save on the amount of tax they pay.

This only harms the staff that work for them, and their pay and conditions.

It is only right that everyone should pay their fair share of corporation tax and VAT and I will continue to fight for this in Parliament.

On Monday, I welcomed a group of Harworth residents to London for a tour of the Houses of Parliament.

The building will be closing soon for an estimated ten years for refurbishment, so if you want to go on a tour, you must plan to do so soon.

As this year celebrates 100 years since some women first got the vote, I am organising for 100 women to come down from Bassetlaw for the day for a tour of Parliament, an opportunity to view the Vote 100 exhibition and a reception in Speaker’s House.

If you are interested in attending, please contact me at mannj@parliament.uk or call 01909 506200.

I would like to thank everyone who took part in Adlent and donated to Bassetlaw Food Bank.

The generosity of the community is certainly appreciated by those who use the food bank.

It is in constant need of donations of items such as of cereal, soup, pasta, rice, pasta sauce, beans, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tea, coffee and biscuits.

If you are able to, you can donate items to my office on Stanley Street in Worksop.