John McDonnell MP attended this save the ILF protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice. The vigil was in support of three ILF recipients who are taking the government to court again to try and keep the fund open.
John said ‘Lord Freud and Lord Tebbit have confirmed what many believe is a Conservative desire to introduce a new modern form of Feudalism with Baron’s being replaced by corporations, serfs being replaced by ordinary working people and slaves replaced by people on workfare and people with disabilities. It confirms their brutal willingness to exploit even the most vulnerable within our society’.
Press Release: John McDonnell MP condemns Heathrow Airport’s non-payment of Corporation Tax
Heathrow airport has been found to have avoided paying £234 million worth of taxes.
Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee criticised Heathrow airport for not having paid corporation tax on company profits. Her Committee found that Heathrow airport had avoided paying taxes totalling £234 million by offsetting some of the costs of building Terminal 5.
Mrs Hodge said that for several years the company had “made a fortune” from its UK activities, which relied on public services, adding: “For them to pretend they are only in it for the benefit of the UK economy is a touch hypocritical.”
Local MP John McDonnell said “I am absolutely disgusted that Heathrow Airport that is now in foreign hands has got away with avoiding this huge amount of taxes. Just think how we could have invested this money locally. This could have paid for the new hospital that we need in order to replace the dilapidated buildings at Hillingdon Hospital and paid for the new homes we need to tackle our local housing crisis. I am calling upon Heathrow Airport Ltd to pay the money back. They have a moral duty to pay their way in our community.”
Press Release: John McDonnell MP visits Barnhill Community School’s Financial Educational Class
John McDonnell will visit Barnhill Community School on Friday to speak with the students who have been undertaking an innovative course in personal finance and financial studies.
Barnhill Community School are one of the few school to provide their students with these qualifications before they are introduced into the existing Citizenship and Maths curriculum.
It has been revealed that independent studies from both Ofsted (2008 & 2011) and the University of Manchester (2009) have indicated that these qualifications are the most effective means of improving young people’s financial skills, confidence and knowledge.
John McDonnell said “it is extremely important that our young people have the opportunity to gain the skills and confidence they need to make informed financial decisions. I congratulate the staff at Barnhill Community School on their forward thinking and implementing this initiative ahead of its inclusion in the curriculum.”
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