Campaign activists have Starbucks in their sights

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An activists’ group is to target Starbucks coffee shops next month as part of a campaign to highlight how the Government’s spending cuts are affecting women.

UK Uncut claimed that money being lost through tax avoidance measures by multi-national companies could fund public services being affected by the coalition’s austerity measures.

The group said it will transform Starbucks stores into “refuges, creches and homeless shelters” to show how the cuts are having a disproportionate effect on women.

The action will take place on December 8, three days after the Chancellor’s autumn statement.

Sarah Greene, a UK Uncut activist, said: “The Government could easily bring in billions that could fund vital services by clamping down on tax-dodging, but are instead making cuts that are forcing women to choose between motherhood and work, and trapping them in abusive relationships.”

The American coffee giant has been in the spotlight over tax after reportedly paying just £8.6m in corporation tax in the UK over 14 years.

The company maintained it had paid and would continue to pay its fair share of taxes in full compliance with all UK tax laws.