13 February 2015 - Welcoming the Green Party’s announcement of its support for a Tax Dodging Bill, to be introduced within 100 days of the election, Christian Aid’s Head of Advocacy Laura Taylor said:
“The Green Party’s announcement is a welcome response to public anger at corporate tax dodging. Polls show that 85 per cent of the British public say that tax avoidance by large companies is morally wrong, even if it is legal. Only 1 in 5 people think that political parties have gone far enough in their promises to tackle the problem.
“The coalition government has already taken some significant steps forward on this issue, including putting tax dodging at the heart of the G8 in 2013, and legislating to create a public register of UK beneficial owners.
“Earlier this week we welcomed a Labour Party commitment to new measures to tackle tax dodging, including making the UK’s tax havens more transparent and ensuring that UK companies report on their economic activities everywhere they operate.
“But there remains a long way to go to achieve tax justice, particularly to help tackle poverty in poor countries, and we expect all parties to continue their ‘race to the top’ on tax.”
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