Demand Google provide laptops for home schooling children during lockdown

Demand Google provide laptops for home schooling children during lockdown

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Stephen Whelan started this petition to Google / Alphabet

Google has a long and demonstrable history of minimising exposure to corporation tax against commercial activity undertaken within the United Kingdom. 

In 2019, then Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell slammed the US firm, whose parent company Alphabet has a stock market value of around £645billion, as he vowed that Labour would make global giants “pay their way”.


He said: “When our schools are so underfunded and teachers are having to pay for basic materials themselves, we can no longer tolerate these global companies avoiding their tax responsibilities on such a massive scale.

Given the current national educational crisis being felt by school age children across all key stages, this petition calls on Google to step up, repay the debt of social responsibility it owes to our children and actively develop a plan in partnership with the Education Secretary to provide Chrome Book laptops (retail value of £199) to the most economically disadvantaged families to support the devastating lack of access to education whilst home schooling is restricting in-person access to teachers and classrooms. 

Google can afford this. Google owes this to our children having faced a $170m fine for breaching the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act on 2019 in gathering data against our children through its wholely owned YouTube platform in order to generate revenue through targeted advertising. Enough is enough. Support our children and their education and step up Alphabet. If your social values are what you claim them to be, now is the time to prove it. 

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