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Your decision – 31st August

September 1st, 2014 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.

The next biggest issues were: cracking down on tax dodging by big companies and campaigning to improve mental health services.

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 green is ‘not at all’.

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Your Decision – 21st July

July 21st, 2014 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.

The next biggest issues were: cracking down on tax dodging by big companies, ban the routine use of antibiotics in factory farming, 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 green is ‘not at all’.

What do you think? Please comment below. For a full size chart please click here.

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Member Poll: 24th May

May 27th, 2014 by

Every week a group of 38 Degrees members vote on which issues and campaigns our movement should prioritise. 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.

The next biggest issues which members prioritised were: cracking down on tax dodging by big companies, campaigning for more transparency in dealings between government and private companies, and stopping the government selling our personal data to private companies.

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 green is ‘not at all’.

What do you think? Please comment below. For a full size chart click here.

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Member poll – 16th May

May 22nd, 2014 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.

The next biggest issues were: cracking down on tax dodging by big companies, campaign to stop privatisation of the Land Registry 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 green is ‘not at all’.

What do you think? Please comment below. For a full size chart please click here.

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Your decision – 10th May

May 13th, 2014 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.

The next biggest issues were: cracking down on tax dodging by big companies, campaigning for education policies that enable every child to reach their full potential, and campaigning to make sure renting is fair and affordable for everyone.

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 green is ‘not at all’.

What do you think? Please comment below.

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Your Decision – 27th April

April 30th, 2014 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.

The next biggest issues were: cracking down on tax dodging by big companies, campaign to stop secretive international trade deals which mean more privatisation in NHS and campaign to protect the right to challenge government decisions through the courts, e.g. the closure of Lewisham Hospital.

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 green is ‘not at all’.

What do you think? Please comment below.

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Member poll – 19th April

April 22nd, 2014 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.

The next biggest issues were: cracking down on tax dodging by big companies adn campaign to protect the right to challenge government decisions through the courts, e.g. the closure of Lewisham Hospital.

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 green is ‘not at all’.

What do you think? Please comment below.

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Member poll

April 14th, 2014 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.

The next biggest issues were: campaigning for more transparency in dealings between government and private companies, and cracking down on tax dodging by big companies.

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 green is ‘not at all’.

poll results from April 11th 2014

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Npower’s excuses don’t stand up

May 21st, 2013 by

It’s working! Thousands of 38 Degrees members have already switched away from Npower to a gas and electricity company who doesn’t dodge tax.

Some of you may have received an email from Npower’s CEO Paul Massara when you emailed him to let him know that you planned to switch.

Paul Massara has responded by spouting the same old rubbish. Here’s what he said:

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I’m sorry to hear you want to leave us!

Dear David

Thank you for taking the time to send me a message via 38 Degrees – every one of our customers’ views is important to me.

It’s unfortunate, but if you’ve made a decision to leave us based on what you’ve heard in the news about our tax affairs, then I probably can’t change your mind. That’s a fact of life.

However, after reading this email, I hope you’ll spare a moment to consider that not everything you read in the news is true. The real truth is, npower does not avoid paying tax.

I’ll explain what’s going on.

HMRC reduced our tax bill between 2009 and 2011 for two simple reasons:

Over 6 years, we invested over £3 billion in new power stations that helped create jobs and keep the lights on across the UK. This financial contribution is recognised in that some of that investment can be offset against our tax bill.
And, quite simply, our taxable profits were lower than we expected them to be, which – like any other business in that situation – meant we didn’t have to pay as much corporation tax during that period.
In many ways, I’d like as many people as possible to send me an email and then read this response. You’re entitled to make your decision based on the facts, rather than the distorted information that has been circulating online recently.

With that in mind, I’ve recently asked our team to put some more information about the way we pay tax on our website – www.npower.com/blog.

We’re proud of our reputation. We have absolutely nothing to hide.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

Paul Massara

npower CEO

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Npower’s CEO has made some big statements in this email, but he doesn’t back his words up with actual facts.

  • He makes seemingly contradictory excuses. On the one hand he says that “The real truth is, npower does not avoid paying tax”, but on the other hand, in previous letters he claims that “HMRC is well aware of the possibility of UK companies using interest payments as a way of reducing their tax bill”. He then seems to admit they were using Malta because it was “efficient” for avoiding tax, but that it’s German taxes they were dodging so we shouldn’t worry about it!

 

  • 38 Degrees has offered substantial evidence that Npower do engage in tax avoidance. If Npower want any of their customers to believe their claim that they don’t, they will need to offer evidence as to why we’re wrong. The use of the Malta-based Scaris company very clearly saved the RWE group tax. We cannot see a motive for the routing of funds from Germany to the UK via Malta, other than tax avoidance, and Npower have not so far offered one.

 

  • Npower’s CEO talks about his £3 billion investment in new power stations as an excuse for paying less tax. 38 Degrees has never criticised Npower for investing in UK infrastructure, and will not do so. We have criticised Npower for using offshore structures to avoid tax, and for not disclosing their activities in a full set of consolidated, audited accounts for the UK – that show the true nature of their total activities in this country and the tax they do or do not pay here. Investing in infrastructure is not an excuse for a lack of transparency in Npower’s tax affairs.

Npower’s arguments still don’t stand up to close inspection and until they do, we can keep up the pressure by switching our own energy bills to companies with a better track record on tax.

 

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Npower: Online Advertising

May 21st, 2013 by

npower adverts
Online adverts for the Big Tax Turnoff paid for by 38 Degrees members.

 

175,000 of us have signed the Npower petition against tax dodging and now it’s time to teach Npower a lesson. We asked members, who were also Npower customers, if we should all switch to another energy supplier - and over 98% of them said yes.

Are you an Npower customer? Would you be interested in switching away too? It’s a simple two step process and if enough of us switch away, Npower will really sit up and take notice.

Click here and switch to a new supplier

For those of us who aren’t Npower customers, there are still ways to get involved.

The more people who hear about the switch, the more powerful the message to Npower, so spread the word far and wide. Hundreds of 38 Degrees members have also chipped in and paid for a series of online adverts exposing Npower’s tax dodging ways and encouraging their customers to leave them.

Big companies like Npower use sophisticated targeted advertising to reach customers online. By working with an agency we placed targeted adverts in the same way Npower do. But our adverts will be Npower’s worst nightmare – instead of giving them reasons to stay, ours will tell them to switch away.  They will be running for the whole week, meaning that we can get these adverts seen by hundreds of thousands of potential Npower customers.

 

 

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