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Ed Miliband speaks out on tax dodging

By Alasdair Roxburgh | 16 January 2012

Milband and campaignersEd Miliband has become the latest in a growing number of politicians speaking out on tax dodging.

Miliband has called for the government to require tax havens to name tax evaders, singling out Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man in particular.

Miliband's call follows Nick Clegg and David Cameron speaking about tackling tax dodging and a general anti-avoidance rule that the Lib Dem leader is particularly keen on introducing.

Christian Aid welcomes the increasing political interest in tax justice, but politicians of all parties need to be more ambitious in tackling tax dodging and must look beyond the UK and its crown dependencies.

In the Financial Times, Owen Smith, shadow exchequer secretary to the Treasury, said:

'Britain needs to lead the way in Europe by taking action on its own tax havens. They need to be told: "enough is enough – these tougher rules are going to apply to you immediately".'

To effectively tackle tax dodging - which costs poor countries more money every year than they receive in aid - the government must look for a global agreement which will help all countries, not just rich ones.

Only then will tax dodgers have nowhere to hide.


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Alasdair Roxburgh

Alasdair Roxburgh is our churches campaigns manager