Friday, 6 February 2015

my support for the tax dodging bill

As a parliamentary candidate, I receive a lot of emails asking me to support or oppose various issues. It's greatly encouraging for me that people do take the time to email candidates and press them on their views and ask them to support change. One in particular caught my eye the campaign for a 'Tax dodging bill' for a number of reasons, personally I think tax justice and closing the loopholes that allows big corporations to avoid and evade tax is long over due. On top of this, more people have emailed me on this subject than any other. (Wherever you are please email your PPC and MP on the subject click here to do so.)

I wholeheartedly endorse these sentiments that introduce the policy briefing on the bill:

"In a just tax system, everyone pays their fair share - each according to their means - to the public purse. But when those most able to pay can unfairly escape their contributions to society, the majority of people lose out. Inequality increases and there is less public money available to contribute towards improving the lives of the poorest." 

I sincerely hope whichever MPs and government are elected in May that they think long and hard on these issues and right this wrong by introducing such a bill.

Here's my message to the organisers behind the campaign:

My view on the Tax Dodging bill as MK PPC for St Ives 

Dear sir/ madam,

I'd first like to congratulate your organisation on this campaign, this is a vital issue and one that needs to be resolved. It's a credit to your campaigning and to how important the issue of tax dodging is that i have had more campaign emails on this issue than any other so far in this campaign. If anything shows the will of the people and the support for a system where everybody pays their fair share of tax it is this campaign. 

My view is that we live in an unequal world, disparities between the rich and the poor widen, this is true not only of individuals but also of businesses. The present lax tax regime allows bigger companies and richer people to create an unfair playing field to the detriment of smaller companies and less well off people. This is a situation that has to change in order to restore fairness, ensure decent public services and tackle poverty. Having legislation to stop tax evasion and tax avoidance, on such a large scale, is long over due. 

I wholeheartedly support this campaign and pledge to make the bill law if I am elected as an MP in May. In the meantime anything I can do to help please get in contact.

Kind regards

Rob