News that the NHS needs £50 billion more by 2030* has prompted Tony Robinson OBE, the Micro Business Champion, to call for a selective Corporation Tax hike to fund the gap.

Robinson's solution is for one thousand, or so, of the UK's 5.7 million businesses to have their Corporation tax rate hiked from 19% to the 30%** rate. These larger companies, over 250 employees or £2 million turnovers, would be the ones Government contracts with, funds or licences that have, what Robinson calls ' unethical practices' with their suppliers and/or employees.

Robinson said "There are a small number of very large corporations that make a great deal of their money because of government contracts, funding or licences such as in arms, drugs, banking, financial services, utilities, telecommunications, public transport, tobacco, construction, supermarkets, education, and, particularly, outsourcing. Many of these companies exploit their suppliers by offering 'take it or leave it' payment terms of 45, 60, 75, 90 and 120 days. Carillion was 120 days. This kills enterprise and leads to debt, poverty and ill health.

The same large companies often exploit their lowest-paid workers by not paying the living wage and using zero hours contracts, unpaid interns, part-timers and 'freelancers'. This leads to their workers' reliance on the state, debt, poverty, food banks, homelessness and ill health.

I've been campaigning for over 20 years that Government should not contract, licence or fund any organisation which does not #PayIn30Days all its bills and the living wage to all its employees. Government's refusal to impose basic ethical practice on these exploitative corporations has led to millions of people in debt, poverty and reliant on the NHS. It's only right that they should pay more in Corporation tax to help fund the NHS. It also won't stop me campaigning for #PayIn30Days from all those that Government does contract with, licence, fund or bale out. It's a disgrace and every true entrepreneur in the UK who once was a startup and a vulnerable micro business owner backs me on this".


* BBC News 26/04/2018
** 30% rate is currently for oil exploration companies

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Tony Robinson OBE is the Micro Business Champion. He is an authority on enterprise and entrepreneurship and is a professional speaker, broadcaster and campaigner (#PayIn30Days).

His Conference Keynote to leaders of all sizes of an organisation entitled 'Spirit of Enterprise - Do Not Bottle It' and a one hour 'Micro is Beautiful - business as if people cared' Show' suggesting to business owners there is a better way than the American Way to start up, survive and thrive.

Tony founded the government recognised SFEDI Group in 1996 and co-owns. In 2012 he founded, with Tina Boden the annual #MicroBizMatters Day backed by all the national small business membership organisations,

Tony runs his own businesses. He has an OBE for services to small firms (2001) and has received 2-lifetime awards for enterprise. He is Patron of the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank, Judge for NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards. and Chair of Yorkshire in Business Ltd.