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How many of the BBC’s household names are also tax cheats?

Breaking news: But this time the BBC is the news.

You see that household-name BBC TV presenter you like so much? Chances are, they’ve been cheating on their taxes.

That’s what HM Revenue and Customs is implying in its revelation that more than 100 BBC presenters are being investigated for alleged tax avoidance.

So, while you and I have been working hard to pay the TV licence fee – a tax imposed on all of us before we can watch not only BBC shows but any TV at all – it seems they have been ducking out of paying their fair share.

And they’re being paid a fortune! We’re discussing people who have been paid at least £150,000 per year.

I should stress that this is only an investigation; nobody has actually been found guilty of anything – yet.

But if they are, This Writer wants them to be named and punished.

As for the BBC itself – the Corporation seems to have allowed these people to cheat by paying them through personal service companies, whatever they may be.

What’s wrong with good old Pay As You Earn? The rest of us have to put up with it – why not these entitled ‘faces’?

More than 100 BBC presenters are under investigation for alleged tax avoidance after being suspected of wrongly using personal service companies to minimise their tax bills, HMRC has revealed.

A “very significant number of BBC news presenters” – as well as a number of staff at other broadcasters – face demands to hand over unpaid tax and national insurance contributions after HMRC launched a probe into whether stars had incorrectly declared themselves to be self-employed.

The BBC announced in July that it had moved 85 presenters onto its books as full-time employees, after a report published in 2012 found that the corporation paid more than 124 stars in excess of £150,000 a year via personal service companies.

Source: More than 100 BBC stars facing tax avoidance inquiry, HMRC reveals

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How can a company that has discriminated against the disabled be ‘DisabilityConfident’?

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Here’s a mixed message:

The Conservative-led Coalition government wants us all to believe that the number of disabled people getting support to get or keep a job is rocketing.

But the businessman it is using to front its PR campaign founded a company that has been convicted of discrimination against the disabled in the recent past.

According to the government’s press release, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of Easyjet, said: “Already over 100,000 disabled entrepreneurs employ an equivalent number of people in their business start-ups.

“I encourage disabled people out there who have a germ of an idea for a business, but are unsure of how to go about it, to take advantage of the support the government has on offer to help you make your business fly.”

But in 2011, EasyJet told a boy with muscular dystrophy that he could not fly – because his electric wheelchair was too heavy for baggage handlers.

And in 2012, Paralympics presenter Sophie Morgan received similar treatment.

It seems, if you are disabled, EasyJet’s business has been to keep you on the ground.

The government reckons the number of people using its Access to Work scheme has risen by more than 10 per cent, to 31,230 – and has claimed that disabled people are moving into jobs, training or work placements at a rate of more than 100 every working day.

But the press release does not elaborate on how many of these jobs are permanent, how many are merely temporary placements, how many are self-employment start-ups that will receive funding for a short period and will fold when the grants run out, and so on.

Apparently it is all part of a campaign launched by David Cameron last year, called DisabilityConfident.

From what’s on show here, it seems disabled people have precious little reason to be confident.

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