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The DWP has sparked outrage by appointing an Amazon boss to a non-executive director’s role at the DWP. The appointment of Doug Gurr, the head of the tax avoiding multinational’s Chinese operation, to the DWP is likely to be officially announced next week.

Amazon paid just £11.9m in tax in 2014, despite UK sales of £5.3bn.

Margaret Hodge, MP, told the Guardian:

“If people are not putting their proper share into the pot, how can government ever justify giving them prestigious positions?”

“They are killing off British business and jobs, partly because they’re not paying sufficient tax and so are able to undercut their rivals.”

You can read the full story in the Guardian.


#9 Chrissie 2016-03-03 23:05
Hi, attended Capita centre in Northampton- limited parking in side streets. Steps to entrance and " access for wheelchair users " but you will need strong brakes or parachute to slow your decent = very steep slope. Doors opened by buzzer. Rooms and toilets on ground floor, waiting area is in narrow corridor. Staff very friendly.
+1 #8 survival71 2016-02-11 01:43
DWP must like Amazon's cut-throat treatment of it's employees, perhaps they want to take over handling claimants ? :sigh:

UK taxpayers losing twice whilst the slave drivers laugh all the way to the bank !!
+2 #7 Blackcat 2016-02-05 17:18
Hi again.
The 1313 Statute Forbidding Bearing of Armour forbids any Member of Parliament to wear armour in the House of Lords. That does not include Sir Humphrey because he is not a Member of Parliament. They do think like that,they really really do think like that.
+6 #6 Gawayn 2016-02-05 10:44
I genuinely think the DWP are just trolling us now. :(
+5 #5 carruthers 2016-02-05 01:12
What gets me is not the appointment of someone from a major IT firm (Amazon's IT business is bigger than its retail arm) to a department so woefully in need of IT expertise.

What I want to know is - since when did government departments appoint "non-executive directors"?

Does this mean that IDS thinks of himself as the Chairman of the Board and his permanent secretary (Sir Humphrey) as his CEO? And if so, is he hoping to turn a profit?
+5 #4 cossack 2016-02-04 19:40
One simple question - why ?
+1 #3 Blackcat 2016-02-04 19:00
Hi I have to declare that I have Autism and do not wish to offend.

I have just submitted my Tax return to HMRC. It has been accepted,and I have the paperwork to prove it.

Under the Tax Avoidance Schemes Regulations 2006, it is illegal not to tell the taxman anything you do not want him to know, but legal not to tell him information you do not mind him knowing! :-*
+6 #2 summertrain 2016-02-04 13:50
You couldn't make it up!
+5 #1 buster 2016-02-04 13:15
Nothing surprises me anymore!


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