December 18, 2018
Nissan has received nearly £1bn in corporate welfare from the British government since 1984, including a £12m discount on land purchased for its factory in the early 1980s.
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Company Report: Nissan UK’s £800 Million Worth of Corporate Welfare

Nissan first invested in the UK in the early 1980s following protracted negotiations over the deal it could extract from the British government. Declassified memos from the Thatcher administration paint a picture of a company of skilled negotiators on the one hand, and a government desperate to win much-needed investment to [...]

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The EU wants to begin taxing the turnover of major tech firms Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple, rather than profits.

Amazon HQ subsidies exceed $4.6 billion

November 19, 2018

Amazon is set to receive around $4.6 billion in corporate welfare from the US taxpayer, reports Good Jobs First. These subsidies are used by states to entice Amazon to locate operations and investment within their […]

Kevin Farnsworth argues that corporate welfare should not be increased, rather needs more regulation.

Crossrail gets £350m government bailout

October 29, 2018

The UK government has announced a £350m bailout for the delayed Crossrail project. Crossrail, is a new east-west rail line running through London. The route, to be known as the Elizabeth Line was due to […]

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The newsletter of Corporate Welfare Watch for April 2018.

Newsletter: April 2018

April 25, 2018
Our newsletter for April 2018 focused on the taxpayer-funded Persimmon executive payout, the massive $8.5bn incentives package the state of Maryland has offered Amazon for HQ2 in the US, job cuts in the UK auto [...]
The newsletter of Corporate Welfare Watch for March 2018

Newsletter: March 2018

March 29, 2018
Our newsletter for March 2018 is focused on government funding for the Industrial Strategy, new plans for taxing turnover of large online firms in the UK and EU, and recent events that featured Kevin Farnsworth of [...]

Newsletter: February 2018

March 2, 2018
Our newsletter for February 2018 is focused on the fallout of PFI practices, including a special feature blog post by us which showcases research on the topic. Click here to read the newsletter.

Newsletter: January 2018

January 31, 2018
Our newsletter for January 2018 introduced the launch of our newly updated and improved Corporate Welfare Database, featured our blog on the East Coast Rail Bailout (which was featured in a Guardian report) and included [...]

Newsletter: November 2017

December 5, 2017
Our newsletter for November 2017 featured a note to readers updating them on our behind-the-scenes progress with research. Leading up to the winter holidays, we were busy with a new research project focused on the [...]

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