Making a difference across the world

133302'Christian Aid Cheque fro fundraising activities'With the cheque for �20389 are from left,Derek Sedman,Rev Mark Haynes and David Bridge.'Picture by Neil Silk'12/08/13
133302'Christian Aid Cheque fro fundraising activities'With the cheque for �20389 are from left,Derek Sedman,Rev Mark Haynes and David Bridge.'Picture by Neil Silk'12/08/13

An amazing £20,390 has been raised through Scarborough Christian Aid’s involvement in the “Enough Food for Everyone If...” campaign.

David Bridge, honorary secretary, said: “Scarborough Christian Aid Committee thank the 30 churches represented on the committee for their tireless efforts to raise funds for wide-ranging projects through Christian Aids partners in the poor countries.

“Many communities have received health care, education, water supplies and help in lots of different ways. We are helping people to help themselves.

“Many people in Scarborough support Christian Aid and this is greatly appreciated. In the year ended June 30, 2013 the magnificent sum of £20,390 was raised.”

The campaign, launched by Christian Aid in March, has dramatically helped to change the public and political landscape over global hunger – particularly when it comes to tax.

It has made tax dodging more than an issue about jobs and public services in the UK. It has highlighted its devastating consequences for the world’s poorest countries.

In the weeks leading up to the G8 summit, the campaign ratcheted up the pressure for action. During Christian Aid week in May, more than 18,000 supporters sent action cards to Whitehall and Christian Aid launched a new report, “Who pays the price? Hunger: the hidden cost of tax injustice.”

It showed how the estimated 160 billion US dollars developing countries lose to tax dodging each year would amply cover the extra 50.2 billion dollars the UN has estimated is needed to create a “world free from hunger” by 2025.

In early June, Christian Aid supporters filled the Westminster Central Hall for a service addressed by Bill Gates and Danny Boyle.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols said: “That millions go hungry every day is a responsibility we all must share. These are our brothers and sisters, and their suffering is also ours. There can be no excuse that, in a world of plenty, so many go without.”

The congregation then walked to Hyde Park to join a rally of more than 40,000 people. There, Christian Aid chairman Dr Rowan Williams led a minute’s silence – a mark of respect to the 2.3 million children who die from malnutrition each year – followed by a minute of noise, aimed at getting the government’s attention.

Thousands of supporters later met in Belfast on the eve of the G8 meeting in Enniskillen at which it was noted that the 10 British overseas territories (including tax havens such as Bermuda and the Cayman Islands) had agreed to share more tax information with other countries.

At the end of July, the G20 nations backed a “once in a century” move in a plan to patch up holes in international tax loopholes which would be earmarked for closure.

Under current rules, as an illustration, Amazon’s £4.2bn annual sales in the UK, which rely on a network of eight mega-warehouses across Britain, are routed through Luxembourg. British Revenue and Customs do not have power at present to tax the profits from these sales. Under the proposals of the G20, multinationals with warehouses will be taxed in the country where the distribution centres are located.

Christian Aid has been campaigning for several years asking that the profits of all companies are declared and taxed in the countries where the profits are made; with full transparency for the tax authorities in both the rich and the poor world.