23 February 2015 - Responding to new announcements of political support for the Tax Dodging Bill for which Christian Aid and others are campaigning, Laura Taylor, Head of Advocacy, said:
“Public outrage about tax dodging is generating political momentum across the UK. Plaid Cymru in Wales and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) in Northern Ireland are the latest parties to join the call for a Tax Dodging Bill and it is time for all the others to get on board.
“People in poverty are paying the price for politicians’ complacency about the scale of tax dodging by large companies, both in the UK and in developing countries. Polling shows the public want all parties to do more to tackle tax dodging, wherever it happens.”
The Tax Dodging Bill campaign, whose members include ActionAid, Christian Aid, Oxfam, the Equality Trust and the NUS, calls on all political parties to pledge to introduce a new Bill within the first 100 days after the election, to tackle corporate tax dodging and to ensure the additional revenue raised is used to fight poverty.
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