Extinction Rebellion pays activists up to £ 400 a week to conduct the protests that have wreaked havoc on the streets of Britain, reveal documents seen by The Mail on Sunday.

Protesters received payments totaling more than £ 70,000 in just four months.

But the environmental protest group is privately fearing a six-digit tax bill if the money, given as an expense, is considered a payment for the work done on behalf of XR.

The newspaper has claimed the expenses of 168 activists, including Tamsin Omond, the granddaughter of a baronet who appeared in Tatler and alongside Boris Johnson - who asked for money after dropping some public relations clients to focus on the demonstrations. She is photographed with Mr. Johnson above

The newspaper has claimed the expenses of 168 activists, including Tamsin Omond, the granddaughter of a baronet who appeared in Tatler and alongside Boris Johnson – who asked for money after dropping some public relations clients to focus on the demonstrations. She is photographed with Mr. Johnson above

A folder of records from XR reveals the inner workings of the protest movement and its finances. A protester is photographed being taken by police to Westminster, London, earlier this week

A folder of records from XR reveals the inner workings of the protest movement and its finances. A protester is photographed being taken by police to Westminster, London, earlier this week

XR's co-founder, Roger Hallam, asked for £ 300 a week. The revelations come as the number of activists arrested in the ongoing protests at the XR is approaching 1,300.

XR's co-founder, Roger Hallam, asked for £ 300 a week. The revelations come as the number of activists arrested in the ongoing protests at the XR is approaching 1,300.

Last night, a Conservative MP called on HMRC to open an immediate investigation into the movement's tax affairs.

Most of the thousands of activists who sowed chaos in London last week were unpaid volunteers, but a number of them are clamoring for funds that allow them to devote their efforts to the protest group, also known as the name of XR.

The newspaper has claimed the expenses of 168 activists, including Tamsin Omond, the granddaughter of a baronet who appeared in Tatler and alongside Boris Johnson – who asked for money after dropping some public relations clients to focus on the demonstrations.

A folder of records from XR reveals the inner workings of the protest movement and its finances.

They show how:

  • Activists have received more than £ 200,000 since the beginning of the program.
  • The cost of payments increases by at least £ 40,000 per month;
  • Activists target "wealthy people" to get more money;
  • They spent £ 5,000 for a European camping tour for key members.

The revelations come as the number of activists arrested as part of ongoing protests at the XR approaches 1300 people.

A document dated 13 August 2019 responds to the fear that HMRC will be "invaded by us" and that in "the worst case scenario" the amount to be paid, including fines, is "probably between £ 150,000 and £ 200,000" ".

A document dated 13 August 2019 responds to the fear that HMRC will be "invaded by us" and that in "the worst case scenario" the amount to be paid, including fines, is "probably between £ 150,000 and £ 200,000" ".

A document entitled Finance Policy And Processs, seen by this newspaper in a "work in progress" version, states: "The maximum amount of living expenses for volunteers is £ 400 per week (or £ 200 for a part-time volunteer) Do not ask for anything more than a volunteer to cover his basic living expenses. & # 39;

The document states that the claims "may cover a maximum period of four weeks", but adds: "Other claims may be introduced to cover additional periods".

Tamsin Omond claimed a total of £ 1,340 for November and December last year. Educated at Westminster School and Trinity College in Cambridge, the granddaughter of Baronet Dorset, Sir Thomas Lees is an actor who also works in the field of public relations and chooses to use neutral pronouns, including Mx instead of Mrs. or Mr.

Mx Omond's expense claim was based on the fact that he had been lost after allowing some customers to spend more time campaigning.

Gail Bradbrook, the self-proclaimed "neo-pagan" who had the inspiration to create the ecological protest group after taking psychedelic drugs, asked for a payment of £ 600 a month this year

Gail Bradbrook, the self-proclaimed "neo-pagan" who had the inspiration to create the ecological protest group after taking psychedelic drugs, asked for a payment of £ 600 a month this year

The statue of the Great War is disfigured

By Peter Henn for the Mail on Sunday

A World War I memorial was damaged with Extinction Rebellion slogans – provoking a furious public reaction.

The statue of Chief Earl of the Army, Earl Haig, in Whitehall, was adorned with the group's hourglass, as well as the slogan "Live simply and at peace", topped with a green heart.

The vandalism of the statue – 100 meters from the cenotaph – took place on Friday night. We do not know who was responsible.

The statue stands at the corner of the Westminster Bridge blockade on the Extinction Rebellion Bridge and the group's Trafalgar Square encampment.

Social media users have called graffiti "disgusting" and "disrespectful".

Clare Roberts, 43, of Surrey, passing, said, "People know what RX is. It is therefore wrong and useless to disfigure war monuments. They should stop doing things like that.

But Jenny Jones, a friend of the Green Party, said that "most people represented by the Cenotaph would agree with the feeling" of graffiti.

This week's events will target the heart of the financial industry, disrupting transportation to the city of London.

A mass hunger strike will also begin tomorrow in Parliament Square. XR indicates that 1,704 volunteers have registered.

Mx Omond offered to completely abandon the commercial work to focus more on the XR, but asked at least £ 800 a month to cover housing, food and transportation in this case.

Filmmaker Joel Scott-Halkes received up to £ 800 a month after deciding to stop working to become a full-time activist.

Gail Bradbrook, the self-proclaimed "neo-pagan" who was inspired by the creation of the ecological protest group after taking psychedelic drugs, asked for a payment of £ 600 a month this year. And XR's co-founder, Roger Hallam, asked for £ 300 a week.

But XR's documents raise concerns that it has not paid any taxes or national insurance on these sums, and has questioned the employment status of the activists.

Filmmaker Joel Scott-Halkes received up to £ 800 a month after deciding to stop working to become a full-time activist

Filmmaker Joel Scott-Halkes received up to £ 800 a month after deciding to stop working to become a full-time activist

A document dated 13 August 2019 responds to the fear that HMRC will be "invaded by us" and that in "the worst case scenario" the amount to be paid, including fines, is "probably between £ 150,000 and £ 200,000" ". Plans have been developed to remind volunteers that they are responsible for their own tax affairs.

It is not yet clear whether XR has contacted HMRC to admit their concerns or whether the tax collector has taken steps to recover any taxes owed by XR.

Last night, Conservative MP David Davies called for the immediate opening of an investigation. It is outrageous that Extinction Rebellion is not paying its fair share of taxes.

"These self-proclaimed guardians of the planet, holier than you, may think that they are above the law, but they are not. An in-depth investigation into the operation of this organization is now required, starting with an immediate investigation into its tax affairs. I will write tomorrow at HMRC to require nothing less.

Compassionate Revolution, the registered company used for the XR business, has £ 371,000 in the bank.

The crowdfunding of the "October Rebellion" currently amounts to £ 859,534 and XR's fundraising efforts have grossed more than £ 2.5 million over the past year.

Radiohead rock band (£ 250,000) and City billionaire Sir Christopher Hohn (£ 50,000) are among the main donors.

Petroleum mogul's granddaughter, John Paul Getty, partly funded a £ 330,000 donation through the Climate Emergency Fund.

Most of the thousands of activists who sowed chaos in London last week were unpaid volunteers, but a number of them are clamoring for funds that allow them to devote their efforts to the protest group, also known as the name of XR.

Most of the thousands of activists who sowed chaos in London last week were unpaid volunteers, but a number of them are clamoring for funds that allow them to devote their efforts to the protest group, also known as the name of XR.

A group of designated activists has been set up to target other "major donors and wealthy individuals".

With increasing funding, XR has funded new projects, including £ 5,000 for a tourism group in Europe, "camping and connecting with nature and with each other". They are also considering spending £ 3m for a restructuring.

XR said last night: "We sought the advice of professionals on financial aid and volunteer expenses. According to this advice, in most cases, no tax is payable and, if so, those of us who receive financial support or expenses will be asked to report their income on our tax returns. .

"Based on the advice we have received, it does not seem like we have a liability to HMRC. Our goal is to free ourselves from the hierarchy. & # 39;

The second album of former Labor leader Ed Miliband

Former Labor leader Ed Miliband told Extinction Rebellion that he was likely to suffer from "second album syndrome" if he did not surpass the massive protests of last year.

Picking up the group's problems with those of a rock band trying to track a successful start, his comments are recorded in the minutes of a meeting of Extinction Rebellion.

The documents also explain how Liberal Democratic MP Jo Swinson met with the group before being elected leader of the party. In the minutes, she congratulates the group for the "non-critical nature of your actions" and warns of the "possibility that Boris (Johnson) undermines the consensus on climate change" as his likely voters are the only part of the electorate "no feel the pressure of opinion of climate change".

The minutes, however, suggest that XR received a mixed reception at a meeting with Labor's ghost team in July: "Some skeptics feared to upset their constituents."

The band was hoping to gain the support of Nigel Farage. Spokesman Rupert Read reportedly said: "Nigel Farage may have moved a little from his climate denial position, we may be able to influence it." The team agreed that we should approach Brexit Party.

Find poor people … we are too white and middle-class

Extinction Rebellion activists have developed plans to attract "poor" and ethnic minority activists to change the white and middle class composition of the movement.

A document consulted by the Mail on Sunday reveals that members have considered an "announcement to the working class".

The proposed text says: "Are you a working class? We need you! We are extremely keen to increase the socio-economic diversity of the XR. If you are poor or working class and already a member, please contact an email address below.

The minutes of last month's meeting of the group's "Anchor" group highlighted "the lack of representation of people with disabilities and people of color".

In a June proposal aimed at reaching marginalized London communities, one member wrote: "XR follows the conventional pattern of signaling virtue (" yes, we agree that workers are oppressed, etc. "). ) and symbolism ("we have to become more black people in working groups" – as if it was simply to order them off catalog ".

Activists of the Extinction rebellion have developed plans to attract "poor" and ethnic minority activists to change the white and middle-class composition of the movement

Activists of the Extinction rebellion have developed plans to attract "poor" and ethnic minority activists to change the white and middle-class composition of the movement

The MP lamented "the almost complete absence of working-class people at the London office and the massive representation of Oxbridge graduates".

Another activist said the movement "must look less hippy," while others fear that the goal of massive group arrests will alienate ethnic minority communities that have always been victims of violence. racial injustices on the part of the police. One document admits that this posed a problem in the perception of the group by the public.

He said, "If you came to our actions and walked directly to the people on the front lines, such as the affinity group blocking the bridges on the day of the rebellion, you'd probably end up seeing the same type of people.

"This is where you would probably see the" stereotype "of the XR: White, British, middle-aged or retired, middle-class, educated and probably a Guardian player left.

The documents also reveal that children are considered a key target of the organization to get support for their radical demands.

Spokesman Rupert Read published in August an online brochure in which it was written: "Imagine an October month with tens of thousands of children and students on the streets of London ".

The protest group said last night: "It is important that there be a conflict within the Rebellion of Extinction regarding the lack of diversity.We live in a racist system, and the Rebellion of the Extinction and its inhabitants are not separated from this system. & # 39;

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