Tea Time For Change
Here's an antidote.
Our friends at Action Aid, Christian Aid, Oxfam and other UK-based non-governmental organisations, are organising an opportunity to sit down with Members of Parliament on Thursday 9th June.
And tax justice is high on the agenda of things to discuss, as the following blurb makes clear:
What are we asking for?Across the globe billions of people live in poverty. Over 1 billion people cannot access clean water and more than 2.5 billion lack basic sanitation. It shouldn’t be this way.
Aid is essential, but by itself, aid will not end poverty. If poor countries are to prosper we also need changes to the rules of the game. We need multinational companies to open up the books on what they pay in poor countries, and to stop avoiding payments through tax havens. We need innovative ways of funding development like financial transaction taxes (the Robin Hood Tax).
The time is right to make these changes. In these ways, the UK can have a huge impact on global poverty.Stop tax dodging and shine a light on the payments companies make to governments.
This year, there are urgent opportunities for the UK government to press for more corporate transparency through UK legislation, at the European Union, and at the G20 meeting in November. We want to make sure that they seize these chances and enable poor communities to free themselves from poverty by raising funds for development from their own resources.Champion innovative, effective and fair financing for development
We want to see the UK government championing a Financial Transaction Tax (Robin Hood Tax) at the G20.Good stuff. And now, help yourself to a biscuit and pass the plate along. . .