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Tax dodging at home and abroad harms the poor according to Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff. He was speaking after joining the Evesham Christian Aid Group for a visit to the town from the Tax Justice Bus which is taking the message on tax dodging around the country.

Christian Aid say that tax dodging costs poor countries an estimated $160 billion a year. In a statement on their campaign, the organisation says,

“Our Tax Justice Tour sees us join forces with UK poverty campaigners Church Action on Poverty and head out on the road across Britain and Ireland to bring people together in a bid to end the injustice of tax dodging at home and abroad.

“Our tax justice campaign has highlighted how developing countries lose $160bn every year - one-and-a-half-times what they receive in international aid.

“Thanks to loopholes in the global financial system, money that could provide vital services like schools and hospitals, is being pocketed by unscrupulous companies.”

The group met in the Word of Mouth café and was addressed by Loretta Minghella OBE, director of Christian Aid and by an Anglican priest from Zambia with direct experience of the impact of failing to collect the taxes due to a country.

Commenting, Peter said,

“Poor countries often find it difficult to collect the tax due from the richer members and local businesses. I’m delighted the UK government is helping to boost their capacity to do this. But big international companies often seem to go out of their way to avoid paying the tax they should be paying on their operations in those countries. If we could clamp down on this and help poor countries to collect the tax due to them, what a difference it would make.

“I salute the Christian Aid group in Evesham who are doing so much to promote this important message.”


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Photo shows Peter Luff with Loretta Minghella OBE (director of Christian Aid), Rev David Haslam MBE who organised the visit and Evesham residents who support the campaign

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