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.
In the run-up to the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul (23-24 May), Christian Aid has launched Nepal Aftershocks: the people’s truth about aid, a new multimedia project that asked nearly 200 people who survived the 2015 earthquakes what they really thought about the aid the world gave.
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.
A year on from the devastating earthquakes that killed nearly 9,000 Nepalese people, acclaimed photographer Gideon Mendel and development charity Christian Aid have released a series of stunning portraits and personal stories demonstrating how ‘acts of kindness’ helped stranded families to survive in the aftermath of the disaster.
The programme announced by the Government to resettle 3,000 refugee children in the UK over the next four years has been welcomed by the development agency Christian Aid. But the organisation emphasises that the plans are too slow and lacking in adequate ambition.
The UK government appears to be scrambling around for new policies to shut down the debate on financial transparency, rather than using the momentum created by the Panama Papers to drive through real change, says Christian Aid.