Christians Call for Wealth Tax head of Budget

Ahead of the Spring Budget, Church Action for Tax Justice (a programme of the JustMoney Movement) hand-delivered a letter calling on the Chancellor to introduce new wealth taxes on those most able to pay a fairer share back to society, relieving the tax burden on the poorest and tackling spiralling inequality in the midst of the current cost-of-living crisis.

The letter, signed by over 2000 Christians, including 50 church leaders as well as former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Churches Together England General Secretary Mike Royal, urged the Chancellor to introduce an initial one-off wealth tax on the country’s richest 1% stating ‘In a compassionate and caring society, it is important that those who can do so make a fair contribution to the common good; not least to help those who have lost out from the very circumstances that have boosted their own resources.’.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, said;

Spiralling inequality is a major issue in our society, and all the evidence suggests that this is deeply damaging to our collective morale and trust. A wealth tax of the kind we are backing recognises that vastly disproportionate rewards for a very small number of citizens will not make for a cohesive and just national community.

The Church Action for Tax Justice campaign has received support from a number of current and former Anglican Bishops, Andy Flannagan (Christians in Politics), Quakers in Britain, Red Letter Christians UK and Tax Justice UK.

JustMoney Movement Director, Sarah Edwards, said;

As Christians, we believe we’re called to highlight injustices in our society, and to speak and act for change. The system, as it currently stands, unfairly favours the wealthy over those less off. In times as hard as these, it’s crucial – and morally right – that the Chancellor acts in this Budget to tax wealth so that the richest among us contribute a fairer measure towards the common good.

Please contact us for more information on the campaign, to arrange an interview, to request a written article for your publication or any further publicity:

Bryn Lauder
Bryn.lauder@justmoney.org.uk 

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