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Charity’s tax justice campaign rolls into town
9:53am Tuesday 9th October 2012 in News
A BUS driving a UK-wide campaign for tax justice visited the region yesterday.
The double-decker, has been organised by Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty to highlight how global taxdodging is hurting the poor around the world.
The bus stopped yesterday at St Peter’s Church, in Redcar, and at Durham Cathedral, so people could learn how they can make a difference in the fight for tax justice.
Among the speakers at the event were Redcar MP Ian Swales and Dereje Alemayehu, the chairman of the Tax Justice Network Africa.
Niall Cooper, of Church Action on Poverty, said: “At a time when spending cuts are having a devastating impact on the UK’s poorest people and communities, tax-dodging is morally unacceptable.
“It amounts to robbing the poor. If the Government just collected the £35bn of tax it knows is uncollected, they could invest properly in tackling UK poverty.”
The tax justice bus will be making more than 100 stops from Falmouth to Inverness and Belfast.
To find out more about the Tax Justice Bus tour follow it on Twitter @taxbus2012 and to take the Tick for Tax Justice campaign action, visit christianaid.org.uk/ tax-bus or church-poverty.