French IT firm Atos, the company paid hundreds of millions to carry out the brutal Work Capability Assessment, paid no Corporation Tax in the UK last year the Daily Telegraph has revealed.
The company, who also have a string of other public sector contracts and have recently been invited to bid to part-run George Osborne’s mass workfare scheme, claim to have made no profit in the UK in 2012. Yet boss of the company, Thierry Breton, was recently discovered to have been awarded a £280,000 pay rise during the same period – meaning his annual salary package is now worth an astonishing £2,329,250.
Atos are not the only company with their snouts in the public sector trough who have given nothing back. The notorious and allegedly fraud ridden G4S also paid no Corporation Tax in the last year. According to The Telegraph, the company appear to justify this by saying…
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The fact is that all workfare schemes use ‘ the threat of sanctions’ – the removal of welfare – to compel people to undertake unpaid work. See more information on the sanctions attached to a few of the schemes here.