|We Ticked for Tax Justice
Christine Allen of Christian Aid and Niall Cooper of Church Action on Poverty at Downing Street.
On Tuesday 6th November, over 10,000 signatures on the ‘Tick for Tax Justice’ petition were handed in to Downing Street by Christine Allen of Christian Aid and Niall Cooper of Church Action on Poverty.
The petition was collected on the Tax Justice Bus, which toured the UK and Ireland for 53 days highlighting how global tax dodging is robbing poor countries of money that could be spent on essential services such as health and education. The bus visited Wigan on Saturday 13th October and called for people to add their ‘Tick for Tax Justice’ by signing the petition or sending a postcard asking David Cameron to use his global leadership to end financial secrecy. The campaigners want the Prime Minister to push for two vital changes.
The first is for companies to have to report on the profits they make and taxes they pay in every country in which they operate, so that tax authorities can hold them to account. The second is for tax havens to automatically share information about the money flowing through them with other countries.
Christian Aid estimates that tax dodging by some unscrupulous multinational companies costs developing countries at least $160 billion a year, which is one-and-a-half times the total global aid budget. This money could be used to make huge improvements to public services such as healthcare, education and welfare, better enabling people to sustain themselves.