Tax justice bus set to roll into Portsmouth

MP Penny Mordaunt
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A GROUP raising awareness of tax avoidance will pay a visit to Portsmouth.

On Saturday, September 8 the Tax Justice Bus arrives in the city on day 16 of its 53-day tour of the UK and Ireland.

The groups behind it – Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty – are aiming to highlight how global tax dodging is hurting the poor in the UK and beyond.

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt will welcome the red double-decker as it stops at Portsmouth Cathedral in Old Portsmouth between 7pm and 8.30pm.

Local people are invited to visit the bus, climb on board and learn how they can make a difference in the fight for tax justice.

Niall Cooper, from Church Action on Poverty, said: ‘At a time when spending cuts are having a devastating impact on the UK’s poorest people and communities, tax dodging is morally unacceptable.’

Charlotte Page, Christian Aid’s regional co-ordinator for Hampshire, said: ‘We estimate that tax dodging by some unscrupulous multinational companies costs developing countries at least $160bn a year, that’s one-and-a-half times the total global aid budget. 

‘It’s money that could be used to make huge improvements to public services such as healthcare and education, better enabling people to sustain themselves.’