Local charities and voluntary groups should benefit from supermarket tax, says MP

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman says companies that "suck the life out of communities" should give something back

Local voluntary sector organisations should receive all the revenue from a proposed 5 per cent tax on supermarket takings, according to Labour MP Barry Sheerman.

Sheerman, the MP for Huddersfield, told the House of Commons on Thursday that the tax he has proposed should be levied on the turnover of "monopolistic supermarkets" that "squeeze the life out of communities". He said the money raised should be given to local charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises.

"In that way, something would be given back by these companies that suck the life out of communities," he said.

He has also posted an early day motion on the topic and urged house leader Harriet Harman "to squeeze in a debate in the next few days" on the issue.

Harman said Sheerman had raised an "important point, which relates to town centres, monopolies, corporate responsibility and the corporate citizenship of the supermarkets". She promised to bring his idea to the attention of relevant ministers.


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