The Government has taken some welcome small steps against corruption but it has much more to do to get the UK’s own house in order, Christian Aid said yesterday as MPs debated the Criminal Finances Bill for the first time.
MPs yesterday painted a damning picture of how British companies and tax havens are helping the corrupt to steal vast sums from poor countries and so undermining UK aid, in a new report welcomed by Christian Aid.
The Government’s Criminal Finances Bill will play a useful role in the fight against corruption, but its potential has been overshadowed by the failure to take decisive action on secrecy in UK-owned jurisdictions, says Christian Aid.
A robust parliamentary inquiry into the police use of Tasers is urgently needed, a leading body of rights-based agencies said yesterday (19 August 2016), following the death of Dalian Atkinson for which two West Mercia police officers are under criminal investigation.
Five Quaker organisations from Europe and the United States have asked governments to say 'no' to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the controversial 'mega' trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States.
The UK will only successfully tackle corruption when its tax havens apply UK levels of transparency, Christian Aid said yesterday after the Queen’s Speech highlighted plans for action against money laundering, corruption and tax evasion.
David Cameron missed his best chance to stop secrecy in UK-controlled tax havens while other world leaders announced plans to introduce public registers of company owners in their own countries, Christian Aid warned as the Prime Minister’s Anti-Corruption Summit ended.
MPs from major UK political parties want the government to use its Anti-Corruption Summit next week to require transparency in the UK tax havens, Christian Aid said after a Parliamentary debate in Westminster Hall.
Christian Aid campaigners from Witney gathered on 30 April 2016 in the Prime Minister’s constituency outside properties which are now owned in Jersey and the British Virgin Islands, to demand that David Cameron finally gets tough with the UK’s secretive tax havens.