Tuesday, 24 October 2017

HMRC accused of 'blatant hypocrisy' after signing deal with Amazon leaving British company to go out of business

HMRC has been accused of "blatant hypocrisy" after signing a deal with Amazon, leaving a British company to go out of business.
Salford-based cloud services provider DataCentred went into administration in August after losing a contract with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs that provided 85% of its revenue.

Online technology magazine The Register reported that despite a government pledge to award contracts to small and medium-sized enterprises, the small British business was replaced at HMRC by international cloud giant Amazon Web Services.

DataCentred customer Bruno Girin told Twitter: "Just moved all my services away from Datacentred, who were a great supplier. Thanks HMRC for making life of small businesses harder!"

Although Sky News was unable to reach DataCentred for comment, the company's Twitter account responded to Mr Girin's tweet with its own, saying "Thanks Bruno!" and including an emoji love heart.

Margaret Hodge MP, the former chair of parliament's public accounts committee, told Sky News: "This is a clear case of government saying one thing yet doing another.

"They say they want to support small businesses but they give the contacts to the big boys and let small businesses go bust.

"They say they want to be tough on tax avoidance but they use our money to give contracts to some of the world's biggest and most immoral tax avoiders.

"Surely this is blatant hypocrisy," she added.

SKY      News.

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