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Cardiff North: taking on tax-dodging

March 27th, 2015 by

On Saturday 21st March, 38 Degrees members in Cardiff North hit the streets to talk about tax-dodging. Together they gathered over 200 signatures for the massive petition against the Mayfair – tax dodging – Loophole. A tax loophole, used by rich private equity bosses, to help their clients dodge hundreds of millions of pounds worth of tax.

The group spoke to hundreds of people in Whitchurch about why tax dodging is an important – and outrageous – issue. Together, alongside everyone who signed the petition, 38 Degrees members in Cardiff North want to push the MP candidates standing in this election to back ambitious policies that tackle tax-dodging. Starting with promising to close the Mayfair Loophole.

Brian said of the day “I think the day went very well. We distributed about a third of a box of leaflets and managed to get about 200 signatures in not much more than an hour and a half. ”

38 Degrees members voted to make tax dodging a big issue this election – and on Saturday Cardiff North members started to do just that.

Most of us pay our tax, and play our part in society. Because we’re serious about protecting our vital public services, like lifesaving NHS care and teachers to nurture our children. At a time when people are relying on food-banks, some rich individuals are stashing away billions. Tax dodgers have had special treatment for too long.

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Urgent: Mayfair loophole

March 25th, 2015 by

News just in: this afternoon, MPs can vote to shut the Mayfair tax loophole.  That’s the tax dodge the government set up to let rich city bosses avoid up to £700m of tax a year. We need to act fast to make sure MPs close it.

Can you send an email to your MP now asking them to vote to close the loophole? Hundreds of their constituents getting in touch just before they walk in to vote could tip the balance.

Your email will be copied to all the candidates who want to be your next MP too, to ask what they’d do if they were voting today. The last thing your MP wants a few weeks away from an election is to look soft on tax dodging compared to their rivals – socopying in the other candidates will pile the pressure on them. Click here to email your MP and candidates.

Politicians have admitted that tax dodging is a problem. But they blame the fat cats who dodge tax rather than taking responsibility for setting up the dodgy rules and loopholes in the first place.

38 Degrees members exposed the Mayfair loophole earlier this year. It’s an unfair rule that lets private equity bosses get away with dodging up to £700m of tax a year. MPs could vote to close it today – and get that money back for our NHS and other public services.

We can’t let millionaire finance bosses pay less tax than nurses and teachers. It’s election season, so MPs are trying to look good in front of their constituents. The more emails your MP gets this morning, the more likely they’ll vote to shut the loophole later - especially as every email they get is copied to their rivals.

Please urgently email your MP and candidates to demand they vote to close the Mayfair loophole later today.

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George Osborne joins Tax Dodgers protest in Beeston

March 22nd, 2015 by


We organised a tax event today in Beeston (part of Broxtowe). The George Osborne mask made people smile, but also it was a bit intimidating. People like to see people, and smiles. People were pleased to see that 38 Degrees were in town. We made a lot of friends, the youngest one is shown below.

I thought after all the noise that Osborne made about chasing up taxes and the rich that there would be less interest in calling for a stop to tax loopholes . Not so. Plenty of discussions.

We used the voter registration leaflets as well, indeed some of  us asked people first, “excuse me are you registered to vote”. We collected more than 100 signatures and told people about our next organising meeting at 7pm on the 31st at the White Lion.  (Click here to read about our inaugural meeting).

Here are some more photos:


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Swallownest against the Tax Dodgers

March 21st, 2015 by


Swallownest is a village near Rotherham in South Yorkshire. It is 4 miles south of Rotherham and 7 miles from Sheffield and forms part of the marginal Rother Valley constituency. The following extract from the Leeds Mercury details Swallownest as it was in August, 1900: “The first glimpse of Swallownest is all that could not be desired, and one is almost tempted to withhold criticism”.

The 38 Degrees experience is somewhat different: just look at the photo above. The woman on the left is Hilda who together with Mick Hall and Mick Firth leafleted and collected signatures for 2 hours.  They got 83 signatures which is brilliant and meant that  proportionally many more people stopped and talked than in central Sheffield, where similar activities were organised  on the same bitterly cold day (March 14).

Mick Firth was so angry about the Tax dodgers that at one of our Rother Valley organising meeting he volunteered to set up stall by himself. He was able to rope two of old friends in. “Unfortunately the other photo’s taken of us I somehow wiped off my camera.  I don’t know how it happened as I have never done that before!

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We like Jammy Dodgers, not Tax Dodgers

March 20th, 2015 by


It took us only ten days in Sheffield to organise something against tax dodging by the rich. We were able to stand on the shoulders of  the 38Degrees online petition about closing the Mayfair tax loophole and turn this into a street activity. It was a great success, considering it was shockingly cold and none of us had gloves. Harder to organise than around the NHS but we still got nearly 200 hundred signatures.   It was great making  connections with the 15 of us doing the leafleting, who came from all over Sheffield .


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Cardiff North: Join in the Tax Dodging day of action!

March 18th, 2015 by

This Saturday, 38 Degrees members in Cardiff North are taking on tax dodgers. Together, we’re hitting the streets to talk to local people – and gather signatures for the massive petition calling on politicians to crack down on tax dodging. Will you join in?

38 Degrees members voted to make tax dodging a big issue this election – and next Saturday we can start to do just that. Every conversation we have will put more pressure on the politicians trying to be Cardiff North’s MP to stop companies and individuals who avoid paying their fair share.

Liz, John, Maryse and other 38 Degrees members are hosting the event on the day. They’ll have petition sheets and leaflets about the campaign. But the more of us that join in the bigger our impact will be. Can you come along next Saturday? Please RSVP by clicking the link to let others know you’re coming (you’ll be able to chat with them on the website too).

Where: Outside the Post Office, 53 Merthyr Road, Whitchurch, CF14 1XG
When: Saturday 21st March, 10am
RSVP here.

Most of us pay our tax, and play our part in society. Because we’re serious about protecting our vital public services, like lifesaving NHS care and teachers to nurture our children. At a time when people are relying on food-banks, some rich individuals are stashing away billions. Tax dodgers have had special treatment for too long.

Two weeks ago, over 10,000 38 Degrees members came out in towns and cities across England to speak up for NHS services. On one day, we gathered over 170,000 signatures for local petitions to protect NHS services – and got the most media coverage of any 38 Degrees action, ever!

So can you spare an hour or two next Saturday to join in? Everyone is welcome and it will be a great way to meet other 38 Degrees members who live near you. Together we can make sure that everyone in Cardiff North knows that tax dodging is a key issue – and push our MP candidates to do the right thing.

Please click here to let the others know if you’ll be joining in.

Here’s some information on tax dodging to help you out on the day:

1. A copy of the report about the Mayfair Loophole.

2. Tax dodging costs the UK £119 billion a year, the current UK deficit is £90 billion

3. The Mayfair Loophole costs the UK £700m a year: this could pay for 13,000 teachers or 20,000 nurses

Tax dodging is an example of us living in an unequal society – with one rule for the rich, and another for the rest of us. Many fewer people are prosecuted for tax avoidance than benefits fraud. If we cracked down on tax dodging, we could rethink austerity – cuts that impact on local services.

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Beeston Bubbles

March 12th, 2015 by

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We held our first election planning meeting in Beeston on the 11 March.

Beeston is part of the Broxtowe constituency, which lies to the west of Nottingham. The House of Commons seat was regained  by  in 2010 by  the Conservative Party, with a majority of 389 votes. The MP is Anna Soubry .  The defeated MP, Nick Palmer of the Labour party is standing again and one poll (July 2014) puts  Labour ahead with a strong  UKIP presence:-  Lab on 39%, Con on 30%, UKIP on 18%.

The photo above shows 9 out of 10 of us who attended the first planning meeting. (I was the tenth, taking the photo; and sorry about the quality). A number of our members have been very active the NHS campaigns. Also a lot of work has been done around TTIP, in the main through the UNITE union, culminating in a meeting before Christmas, of 130 people. It was a good meeting, which planned a number of activities, including:

  • contacting students about voter registration
  • a tax protest on 21 March: click here for the blog entry including pictures.
  • our next planning meeting on the 31st
  • joining a railway protest, calling for public ownership, on April 1st.
  • sharing email and phone number details

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Solihull gets off the election mark

February 21st, 2015 by


Solihull is a marginal constituency. The sitting MP is Lorely Burt, a Liberal Democrat. She only has a majority of 175 votes and in the last elections the Conservatives  were the runners up with 42.4% of the vote and Labour  obtained 8.86% and UKIP: 2.18% Recent polls show that Liberal Democrat support has dropped significantly, and support for UKIP has  risen.

A couple of people recommended the United Reformed Church and I booked the room for our first meeting, for February 20.  Although there was only a week’s notice, 9 of us turned up.  Several 38 Degrees members had very strong links with the NHS campaigning, and had become involved, through earlier 38 Degrees campaigns, and went on to set up a very active KNOP (Keep Our NHS Public) group. The convenor of KNOP  brought along a large 38 Degrees /NHS banner from earlier days (see the photo).

It was emphasised that in effect Solihull comprised two constituencies, the other being Meriden.

The overwhelming drive was to campaign around the NHS, working around the NHS day – the 28th of February.  An NHS hustings for both the constituencies had been set up bu KONP to meet in April.

We agreed that our next meeting would discuss other issues and the date for the next meeting has been set for Thursday the fifth of March.

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Close the Mayfair tax loophole

February 19th, 2015 by

Exposed: the government isn’t just turning a blind eye to tax-dodgers. It’s actually helping them.

The government has rubber-stamped a legal loophole that allows millionaire finance bosses to pay a lower rate of tax than many nurses and teachers. It’s government-sponsored tax avoidance, and it’s losing us up to £700 million a year.

The scandal is making waves in the news today. It’s the latest in a string of tax-dodging headlines – and Osborne’s position is getting weaker by the day. A huge people-powered petition now will show him that he can’t stay silent any longer. Together, 38 Degrees members can demand he cracks down on tax-dodging – and that starts with closing the Mayfair loophole.

38 Degrees members exposed this scandal. Hundreds of thousands of 38 Degrees members voted to get this campaign going, and almost 6,000 of us chipped in to fund experts and lawyers to investigate, produce an explosive report, and work out how to fix the law. Read the full report here. Now we know the truth, and it’s down to us to get this loophole closed.

Our people-powered report proves that tackling tax avoidance isn’t rocket science. We already know what simple change to the law we’d need (page 13 of the report). Now, it’s a question of whose side George Osborne is on.

With tax dodging all over the news, he’s desperate to convince the public he’ll crack down on it – but so far he’s coming off badly. Today’s outrageous scandal has given Osborne even more bad press on tax dodging. Just weeks before the election, he’s desperate to shut this debate down – and a huge petition is the last thing he wants.

38 Degrees members fight for fairness. It’s hard to believe that money which should be funding the NHS is going to millionaire finance bosses instead. Standing together against this Mayfair loophole will show that when it comes to tax dodging, the fight’s only just begun.

Sign the petition here.

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Your decision: 14th February

February 16th, 2015 by

Every week a group of 38 Degrees members vote on which issues our movement should prioritise and which campaigns to get behind. Here are the results for last week.

Protecting the NHS by stopping the government’s dangerous plans like privatisation and closing A&E departments has come top this week followed closely by campaigning against TTIP and cracking down on tax dodging.

The next biggest issues were: campaign to protect forests in the Lake District from being sold off and campaign for education policies that enable every child to reach their full potential.

You can see how 38 Degrees members voted on other issues on the graph below. The blue on the graph shows how many people answered ‘a lot’ in support of the campaigns listed, the red represents people answering ‘a little’, and the orange is ‘not at all’.

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