"Fair Tax is a matter of justice" - Bishop of Salisbury
The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, today lent his full support to a Christian Aid (support by Action Aid) campaign on tax avoidance.
Christian Aid's Tax Justice Bus is in Salisbury today and Bishop Holtam will be climbing aboard at 4pm.
Christian Aid are taking the message of tax justice on the road around Britain and Ireland in a double-decker bus, meeting supporters and hosting briefings about their ‘Trace the tax’ campaign for MPs and senior church leaders.
The Bishop of Salisbury said today: “Fair tax is a matter of justice. Each year an estimated $160 billion is unpaid in tax to developing countries by multinational companies. This is huge, more than is spent by all the governments of the world on international development.”
He added: “It would be a simple and effective start for companies to show how much tax has been paid in each country so they become properly accountable. In Salisbury our link with the Sudan teaches us that we are neighbours to one another. This is about personal morality and it is about our having a corporate life which is fair and just. That is why I support Christian Aid’s Tax Justice campaign.”
The Bishop, who also championed the fight against poverty in his former job as Vicar of St Martin in the Fields in central London, said: “This is an issue where we should act together and get our Government to do what is right.”
Acknowledging times are tough Bishop Holtam said it was a matter of shared responsibility to get through tough times: “It is true we are in this economic recession together. Those of us fortunate enough to be in work have responsibilities for our neighbours as well as our families and part of our wider social contribution is through paying tax. Fair tax is a matter of justice. I support Church Action on Poverty who raise this issue from the point of view of the poorest.”
If you have any questions, please contact the Christian Aid West office on email@example.com or 01454 415923.