Brighton and Hove City Council backs ‘Tesco tax’

Posted On 28 Jul 2014 at 9:03 am
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Brighton and Hove City Council is backing calls for new powers to let them take some of the money spent in big supermarkets back into the local community.

Tesco in New Church Road by tobistar on Flickr

Tesco in New Church Road by tobistar on Flickr

The BBC reports that a group of English councils is formally asking the government for a new tax for big retailers, which could raise up to £400m a year.

The call is being spearheaded by Derby City Council under the Sustainable Communities Act, which allows communities and councils to put forward ideas to government to solve local problems. It is backed by 19 other local authorities, including Brighton and Hove.

But while the Government has six months to respond, it has already said additional taxes on supermarkets would be passed on to customers.

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  1. Peter Mydlarz Reply

    It’s a good idea, to have some of Tesco’s income come back into the community. Better though would be the Brighton Pound. This alternative currency would stay in the community. The council needs to back this by accepting it for rates, venue entrance fees, fines. Tesco would not accept this currency, nor would any chain, but all the local shops would.

  2. Peter Mydlarz Reply

    It’s a good idea, to have some of Tesco’s income come back into the community. Better though would be the Brighton Pound. This alternative currency would stay in the community. The council needs to back this by accepting it for rates, venue entrance fees, fines. Tesco would not accept this currency, nor would any chain, but all the local shops would.

  3. Rostrum Reply

    It’s a bad idea. It will be just another tax. It will be passed onto the customers. The money will not be passed onto ‘local community’ in any meaningful was to reinvigorate the high streets. It will be used by councils for their pet projects to gerrymander their influence.

  4. Rostrum Reply

    It’s a bad idea. It will be just another tax. It will be passed onto the customers. The money will not be passed onto ‘local community’ in any meaningful was to reinvigorate the high streets. It will be used by councils for their pet projects to gerrymander their influence.

  5. HJarrs Reply

    Great idea, supermarkets use their muscle to distort markets, have little or no regard for local communities, create few if any net jobs and pay little in the way of tax.

  6. HJarrs Reply

    Great idea, supermarkets use their muscle to distort markets, have little or no regard for local communities, create few if any net jobs and pay little in the way of tax.

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