11 February 2015 - Responding to the Labour announcement of new measures to tackle tax dodging, Christian Aid’s Head of Advocacy Laura Taylor said:
“Labour’s plans are 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 so far.
“Labour’s commitments to make the UK’s tax havens more transparent and ensuring that UK companies report on their economic activities everywhere they operate are measures Christian Aid have been calling for over many years. These could make a real difference to many of the poorest people in the world.
“The coalition government has already taken some significant steps forward on this issue including putting tax dodging at the heart of the G8 and legislating for the creation of a public register of UK beneficial owners. But there is still a long way to go to ensure tax justice particularly for poor countries and we expect all parties to continue this “race to the top” on tax.”
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