The incomes of the poorest are hardest hit – by far – whilst the wealthy escape scot free.
This week’s autumn statement announced further years of pain ahead, as the economy adjusts to the likely impact of Brexit. An economic policy grounded in social justice might have sought to place the greatest burden on those most able to bear it. But, yet again, it is the poorest who are being called on to shoulder the greatest pain. Continue reading
The Panama Papers have caused quite a stir. A huge leak has lifted the lid on how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth. The files were leaked from one of the world’s most secretive law firm in Panama. Great investigate journalism makes for uncomfortable reading. And, as Channel 4 News presenter John Snow reminds us, the UK “actually harbours the largest tax avoidance havens in the world…. I think the ordinary punter is only just beginning to discover about tax avoidance’.
‘Tax dodging hurts the poor’ : The key message from Church Action on Poverty and Christian Aid’s Tax Justice Bus tour in 2013
What does it mean to be One Nation? In an age of austerity, what does it mean to say “We are all in this together?” To what extent should Government protect the poorest and weakest from further cuts to benefits? Iain Duncan Smith’s shock resignation from the Government last week has put these questions into sharp relief.
Call on the Chancellor to rethink tax cuts for the wealthy!
This week, MPs are debating the budget and considering a serious rethink. If we act fast, we can get them to drop unfair tax cuts for the wealthy, rather than finding new ways to cut benefits for the poorest. Please use our simple e-action to contact your MP here
Oliver Pengilley, the artist who created the ‘Coming Together’ painting at our recent partner church event in Lichfield diocese, explains how he produced the work.
‘Partners to Close the Gap’, our partner church project with the diocese of Lichfield, held a poverty hearing event to mark the end of their first year. David Primrose, the diocese’s Director of Transforming Communities, shares some reflections on the event.
Lichfield Diocese is working with us on a ‘partner church’ project, to Close the Gap between rich and poor. David Primrose, Lichfield’s Director of Transforming Communities, explains what it’s about.