Starbucks tax deal fails to halt protests

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COFFEE chain Starbucks faces fresh protests today over its tax arrangements, despite announcing payment changes.

The US-owned giant said it expects to pay about £10 million in UK corporation tax for each of the next two years, following the revelation that it paid just £8.6m in 14 years of trading in Britain and nothing in the past three years.

Activist group UK Uncut said it was planning more than 40 demonstrations across the country “transforming” Starbucks stores into refuges, creches and homeless shelters.

The anti-cuts direct action group said the number of protests planned had increased since Starbucks’ announcement.

UK Uncut said it was also highlighting the “disproportionate” impact of spending cuts on women.