Paul Parker, Recording Clerk of Quakers in Britain (BYM), is one of the ecumenical signatories to the following statement calling on all political parties to pledge that if they win the coming UK election, then they will rapidly introduce a Tax Dodging Bill to Parliament. The full statement is below and can also be accessed via the Christian Aid website.
Paying tax reflects our commitment to the society in which we live and work. It also provides the funding for good social services and infrastructure. Spent well, taxes provide a common insurance and make society fairer and more secure. People matter more than profits but every year, billions of pounds are lost through corporate tax dodging. The law needs to change so that the loopholes which allow big corporations to avoid paying their fair share of tax can be closed. The proposed legislation has been carefully constructed and seeks the best outcome for both the UK and developing countries. It is a matter of justice, and justice – like love for our neighbour – does not stop at national boundaries. We urge each of the UK’s political parties to make a commitment to introduce legislation within the first 100 days of the new parliament, to bring the law into line with people’s expectations. This is a moral issue. Financial arrangements that prevent the vulnerable from enjoying reasonable opportunity to reach their potential, that oppress the poor and powerless and that deal in deception undermine the common good and break the command to love your neighbour as yourself.