Saturday, May 05, 2007

CHURCH GROUPS SPEAK OUT ON TAX AND JUSTICE

Christian Aid, Cafod, Church Action on Poverty and the Church Council for Monetary Justice have urged Chancellor Gordon Brown to close the legal loopholes used by Britain’s super-rich to avoid tax. The statements, which are believed to have the support of the Archbishop of Canterbury, were made against the backdrop of an ever-widening gap between rich and poor. Britain is on the IMF’s list of tax havens, with the country’s super-rich having trebled their wealth since New Labour came to power. ‘As finance ministers fret over reaching aid commitments they made at Gleneagles, they should also be focusing on how they have allowed millions of dollars to pour through tax havens,‘ said George Gelber of Catholic aid agency Cafod.

6 comments:

Tristan said...

Why not be liberal and reduce the tax burden?
Simplify taxes and lower the incentive for people to avoid taxation.

Stop worrying about the so-called 'super rich' and start worrying about why social mobility is down, why opportunity for the poorest to better their lives are lower.

Unfortunately Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty promote an illiberal agenda based upon removing incentive and opportunity in favour of handouts.

mark_heybo said...

Hi Simon,

It is great to stumble arcoss your blog! We spoke briefly after the Churches Criminal Justice Forum meeting and I plan to email you about the Court Chaplains.

I will add you to my links.

Best,
Mark

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