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Christian Aid Calls on David Cameron to Go Further Against Secrecy in UK Tax Havens

September 30 2015 - Christian Aid today welcomed the Prime Minister’s call for Britain's tax havens to move away from secrecy and called on him to go further in advance of November’s Overseas Territories summit in London.

Laura Taylor, Head of Advocacy, said: “Christian Aid applauded in 2013 when David Cameron committed the UK to creating a public record of who really owns UK-registered companies. This will help to tackle the corruption and tax dodging that curse many developing countries.

"But in 2013 he also asked the UK’s Overseas Territories to adopt public registers. They have delayed ever since and clearly have no intention of introducing this transparency themselves. The Prime Minister should do all he can to ensure that this changes by November’s Overseas Territories summit at the Foreign Office.

"Anything less than public registers will make it impossible to tackle the corruption the Prime Minister has rightly highlighted.”
  
The Overseas Territories include the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.

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