No Jam or Justice in the autumn statement

The incomes of the poorest are hardest hit – by far – whilst the wealthy escape scot free. 

This week’s autumn statement announced further years of pain ahead, as the economy adjusts to the likely impact of Brexit.  An economic policy grounded in social justice might have sought to place the greatest burden on those most able to bear it.  But, yet again, it is the poorest who are being called on to shoulder the greatest pain. Continue reading

Taxing times and Panamanian papers

The Panama Papers have caused quite a stir. A huge leak has lifted the lid on how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth. The files were leaked from one of the world’s most secretive law firm in Panama. Great investigate journalism makes for uncomfortable reading. And, as Channel 4 News presenter John Snow reminds us, the UK “actually harbours the largest tax avoidance havens in the world…. I think the ordinary punter is only just beginning to discover about tax avoidance’.

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‘Tax dodging hurts the poor’ : The key message from Church Action on Poverty and Christian Aid’s Tax Justice Bus tour in 2013

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Who should bear the burden of austerity?

What does it mean to be One Nation? In an age of austerity, what does it mean to say “We are all in this together?” To what extent should Government protect the poorest and weakest from further cuts to benefits? Iain Duncan Smith’s shock resignation from the Government last week has put these questions into sharp relief.

Call on the Chancellor to rethink tax cuts for the wealthy!

This week, MPs are debating the budget and considering a serious rethink. If we act fast, we can get them to drop unfair tax cuts for the wealthy, rather than finding new ways to cut benefits for the poorest. Please use our simple e-action to contact your MP here

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Sourced: students campaigning for Fair Taxes

SourcedTogether with several networks of Christian students, we’re supporting Christian Aid as they launch an exciting new campaign for tax justice in universities and colleges: Sourced. There are ways for both students and non-students to get involved. We asked Christian Aid to introduce the campaign.

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Why we should close the gap between rich and poor, in seven pictures (and two cats)

Blog Action DayToday (16 October 2014) is Blog Action Day. Thousands of bloggers around the world are talking about inequality. Here’s our contribution: a collection of pictures, which explain why we need to Close the Gap between rich and poor in the UK.

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Getting a grip on tax dodgers: the Fair Tax Mark

fairtaxmark2012 was the year that the world woke up to the inequities of corporate tax avoidance, with the tax aggression of Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft and others forcing the issue on to the front pages. And 2013 was the year that Governments started to respond (albeit meekly), with the UK‘s pledge to close the tax gap and the G8 nations accepting the need to clamp down on tax avoiders at their summit in June. 2014 will hopefully be the year that consumers became empowered to take action with their wallets – punishing the abusers and rewarding the payers.

In this guest blog, Paul Monaghan introduces the Fair Tax Mark and how it can help to Close the Gap between rich and poor.

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