Greetings from Christian Aid in Yorkshire!
Hopefully you will have picked up through various ways that Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty are bringing their Tax Justice Bus Tour to Saltaire United Reformed Church on Thursday 11th October.
The bus will be outside Saltaire URC between 2.30 – 3.30pm and will be open for everyone to come and hear how tax dodging is harming the poor.
We hope to be joined by:
· Rev Roger Walton (Chair of West Yorkshire Methodist District)
· Rev Kevin Watson (United Reformed Church Moderator of Yorkshire Synod)
· Dr Dereje Alemayehu (Chair of the Tax Justice Network Africa)
· Your MP
· And the local press
According to Church Action on Poverty ‘tax avoidance of all kinds…steals £35 billion from the UK every year’. Meanwhile Christian Aid estimates that tax dodging costs developing countries $160 billion dollars every year; that’s more than one and a half times the global aid budget. Church Action on Poverty’s National Coordinator, Niall Cooper, speaks for all tax justice campaigners when he says: “.. it is unacceptable for wealthy companies to avoid paying tax. It amounts to stealing from the poor.”
The bus will have an exhibition on the ground floor and meeting space above, and will aim to inspire, inform and lead to action. We aim to have global partners as well as Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty staff on board.
Please encourage your churches to join in the campaign and also to meet us on the bus!
To find out more about the Tax Justice Tour and to send a message to David Cameron about Tax Justice – visit: www.christianaid.org.uk/taxbus