The Fair Tax Mark’s Richard Livings was at Parliament yesterday to support the launch of Church Action for Tax Justice (www.catj.org.uk). The campaign is designed to highlight the urgency of creating fairer and more effective tax systems to provide more funding for public services, in the UK and internationally.
The launch, with contributions from Margaret Hodge MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Responsible Tax (@taxinparliament), former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, chair of Christian Aid, and former bishop of Oxford, Richard Harries, marks the start of the campaigns efforts to end financial secrecy in UK tax havens like the British Virgin Islands, along with changes to the way large multinational companies are taxed.
Richard highlighted the changing narratives around tax, and the Fair Tax Mark’s work to highlight corporations who are committed to fairness and transparency in their tax approach.
Lord Williams said: ‘The creation of this new church-wide movement is timely. If businesses really believe – and want others to believe – that what they do builds genuine, shared prosperity in countries that need it, they should be eager to support fairer tax regimes and to play their full part in creating the sustainable infrastructure that such regimes make possible.”