Calls for lucrative Hastings council contractors to be tax-compliant

Hastings Borough Council's offices at Aquila House SUS-161019-163304001
Hastings Borough Council's offices at Aquila House SUS-161019-163304001

A councillor is calling for Hastings council to ensure all contractors for work worth more than £25,000 are tax-compliant to avoid supporting tax avoidance.

In a motion for the Hastings Borough Council meeting on Wednesday (October 26), Cllr James Bacon claims corporate tax evasion is costing the UK as much as £30bn a year and impacts small businesses.

The Old Town member wants the local authority to amend its procurement procedures to require all companies bidding for contracts worth more than £25,000 to prove they are fully tax-compliant.

People and businesses who avoid tax through offshore funds and loopholes have come under increased scrutiny in recent months, including Hastings MP Amber Rudd.

Councillors will discuss the motion at the meeting on Wednesday.

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