In dire need of a gritting rethink
West Dunbartonshire Council should get their priorities right.
How do they expect the public to grit the roads and pavements?
I think they should think of the use of the council tax and those with a disability or who are elderly.
Who is going to be responsible for gritting of main streets, ie shopping centres?
I think they need to rethink. name and address supplied
I was delighted to read that West Dunbartonshire Council is taking action to try and get the government to scrap the dreaded Universal Credit, at least for the time being.
This dreaded welfare reform is not fit for purpose so there is no way it should be rolled out across the country when there are already so many problems with it.
Surely a pilot project is held to make sure that the policy works, not to find that it doesn’t work yet push ahead with it anyway.
It’s about time the government had a wake-up call and scrapped this before it makes anyone else’s life a misery.
I am glad that the council locally seem focused on making sure those affected will be looked after because those relying on these benefits are exactly the type of people who need our help.
I will watch with interest at the next step the government take and if they even bother to respond to correspondence from West Dunbartonshire Council in connection with this. name and address supplied
Boots is accused of avoiding at least £1.12billion in tax since going private six years ago, enough to pay for two years’ prescription charges, the starting wages of 78,000 nurses or 5.2million ambulance calls.
This claim appears in a new report on alleged tax avoidance by the multinational pharmacy-led health and beauty group Alliance Boots.
Unite, the UK anti-poverty charity War on Want, and the Change to Win federation of US trade unions, call on Alliance Boots to disclose its tax returns and shed light on its web of debt strategies.
Alliance Boots draws an estimated 40 percent of its UK revenues – £4billion – from prescriptions and related services, mainly paid for by the National Health Service.
The company is seeking to expand into medical services traditionally supplied in hospitals, family doctors’ practices and community health clinics, largely paid for by public funds.
The transaction to avoid paying taxes was led by US private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP and the company’s billionaire executive chairman Stefano Pessina, who lives in tax-free Monaco.
In 2008 Alliance Boots relocated to the low-tax canton of Zug, Switzerland, even though the company generates no revenue there.
The holding company that owns Alliance Boots is located in Gibraltar.
Tax avoidance is now part of the DNA of a corporate British culture that is rotten to the core.
While this government pursues the needy with a single-minded cruelty, the Tories do little to stop corporate Britain from stripping earnings in the UK and sending profits to tax havens.
It is utter hypocrisy that Boots relies mainly on the NHS for 40 percent of its UK revenues, while avoiding its tax responsibilities
A string of scandals has made a mockery of the government’s supposed crackdown on tax dodgers, which delivers rhetoric on tackling tax avoidance, including Britain’s overseas territories, but which amounts to nothing.
Only the action of the ordinary decent person, by refusing to support these companies, will effect any change. Government will do nothing.
B McKenna, Overtoun Avenue, Dumbarton