Monthly Archives: January 2011

Defenders turn avoiders in tax scheme

As part of a Sunday Times reporting team I helped investigate the financial affairs of dozens of premiership footballers. We found that top players, including England defender Wayne Rooney, are able to avoid millions of pounds in tax through complex avoidance schemes.

Full text is available on the Sunday Times website here, or after the fold.

Robert Watts and Maurice Chittenden also wrote an accompanying feature for the ‘focus’ section to explain how the schemes work – find it here.

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Councils hike charges by 100% or more

Behold, my first Sunday Times splash.

This story started as a quick trawl of local councils to see if cuts to local government budgets were impacting on the cost of council services. Short answer: yes. Everything from nursery provision to cemetery fees have seen charges hiked, or introduced for the first time, in councils across the country.

Struggling to make ends meet, councils are making big asks of their residents. But while the frontline staff scrabble for funding, council chiefs are still earning vast sums.

The full story is on the Sunday Times website here, or after the fold.

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