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Tax avoidance

March 2013

Tax avoidance

Ecumenical church leaders across Yorkshire have called on MPs and MEPs from all political parties to carry out concerted action to address the issue of tax justice.
    Representatives of West Yorkshire Ecumenical Council (WYEC) wrote to MPs during Poverty and Homelessness Action Week, and spoke of the experience of their churches, daily sheltering homeless people, feeding hungry people, clothing destitute people and supporting people crippled by debt.
    They said that, as the numbers of food banks and food parcels increase, the sense of injustice at tax avoidance increases too.
    The fourteen signatories were keen to point out that tax dodging in its various forms is an injustice that keeps some people poor while others get richer.
    The Bishop of Pontefract Rt Rev. Tony Robinson, who is also chairman of WYEC, said, ‘Tax avoidance denies help to the poorest and most vulnerable people both here in the UK and in developing countries. This is morally unacceptable.
    ‘As representatives of the churches of West Yorkshire, we call on our politicians to take action to ensure multinational corporations pay their rightful share of tax in the countries they operate’.