ActionAid Head of Advocacy, Ms Charlie Matthews, commenting ahead of the scheduled debate on Roger Mullin MP’s Private Members’ Bill, said:
“The UK’s global web of tax treaties is tying the hands of governments in poor countries and making it harder for them to raise their fair share of tax from big companies.
“Tax pays for schools and hospitals and is key to finding a sustainable route out of poverty. The Bill put forward by Roger Mullin MP would mean the needs of the world’s poorest people are taken into consideration when the UK negotiates tax agreements.
“ActionAid is calling on the Government to help poor countries raise a fair share of tax by supporting this Bill and making sure that the UK is pursuing a joined up policy towards developing countries rather than giving with one hand and taking away with the other.”