At the Full Council meeting on the 24 March, councillors unanimously agreed to sign up to the Councils for Fair Tax Declaration.
The Fair Tax Certification scheme was launched in 2014 and seeks to encourage and recognise organisations that pay the right amount of corporation tax at the right time and in the right place.
By signing up to the Councils for Fair Tax Declaration, Seaton Valley Council will demonstrate its alignment to the values of responsible tax conduct and promote the principles of fair tax. The council will:
- lead by example on our own tax conduct,
- demand greater transparency from suppliers that we use,
- call for more meaningful powers to tackle tax avoidance amongst suppliers when buying goods.
Cllr. Susan Dungworth said, ‘it is important that we lead by example and pay our taxes. We all have a responsibility to pay our fair share of tax and contribute to the services that are so beneficial to our communities.’
A number of councils in the North East have shown their support for fair tax. The Councils for Fair Tax Declaration commits cities, towns and districts to exemplary tax conduct in their own affairs, requiring greater transparency from suppliers and join calls for more meaningful powers to tackle tax avoidance amongst supplier businesses.