MPs and election hopefuls fulfilled their dreams of taking part in the Crystal Maze on Tuesday when they joined Restless Development volunteers and staff outside Parliament, raising awareness of the Tax Dodging Bill Campaign.
Having returned from my ICS placement, I was really keen to campaign on issues back here in the UK that I felt most passionate about. It's important to take action on these issues as not only do we lose billions of pounds here in the UK through corporate tax dodging, but in developing countries too; money that could be spent on education and healthcare
Jack McQuibban - ICS Volunteer
Volunteers wearing uncomfortably giant George Osborne, Ed Balls and Danny Alexander heads stepped inside the dome but failed to grab any of the cash flying around them, representing the need for more action on tax dodging, which currently costs the UK approximately £3.6 billion a year, and the developing world a whopping £160 billion a year.
The campaign is calling on the newly elected government to introduce a new tax dodging bill in the first 100 days of them being in power, and with 85% of the British public wanting more action on tax dodging, the pressure is mounting on politicians.
In 50 days, we will be voting in one of the hardest to predict general elections ever. This offers our volunteers a great opportunity to influence their local candidates and get all parties to commit to ambitious action on making tax fair through the Tax Dodging Bill
Rachel Walker, Campaigns Coordinator, Restless Development
The measures included in the proposed Tax Dodging Bill would:
- Make it harder for big companies to dodge UK taxes and ensure they’re not getting unfair tax breaks
- Ensure UK tax rules don’t encourage big companies to avoid tax in developing countries
- Make the UK tax regime more transparent and tougher on tax dodging.
To take action now, send an email to your MP and PPCs using the simple form here.