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  • 1. Its election time… Put tax justice on the map Photo: Kristian Buus/ ActionAid
  • 2. The financial crisis has left the economy in a mess We’ve been through the deepest recession on record
  • 3. We’re facing An enormous deficit … Cuts in public spending… Tax rises
  • 4.
    • The World Bank
    • predicted that the
    • financial crisis could
    • trap 53 million more
    • people into poverty
    Alicket Masenda, Malawi. 'I am affected by the rising food price because I don't have any income and can't buy anything. The children had no food since the morning" Photo: Frederic Courbet/Panos Picures/ActionAid
  • 5. Politicians are talking about “ Savage” cuts on public services Nick Clegg “ Difficult decisions” to cut the deficit David Cameron The "tough truth” and “hard choices" for the economy to recover Gordon Brown
  • 6. But there is another solution , which could make a big difference…
  • 7.
    • to build a fairer system
    We need
  • 8. Tax revenues are essential for all countries. In developing countries they pay for things such as doctors and teachers’ salaries that can’t be easily covered by short term aid. Photo: G.M.B.Akash/Panos/ActionAid
  • 9.
    • So what are we
    • calling for?
  • 10.
    • One…
    • A small tax on the banks to help pay
    • for the fall out of the financial crisis
    • AKA
  • 11.
    • A 0.05 per cent tax on speculative banking transactions like foreign exchange, derivatives trading and share deals, can raise hundreds of billions of pounds every year.
  • 12.
    • Money that can help stop cuts in crucial public services in the UK,
    And aid the fight against global poverty and climate change. Photo: Andrew Aitchison/Oxfam
  • 13. Without tax justice, children will continue to be denied an education. International aid can help build schools – but teachers have to be paid by government tax revenues. Akalam Amlama works in Miyuyu village in remote southern Tanzania. His village now has a school, but he’s faced with the impossible task of teaching 170 children on his own. “ I have to teach the children one grade at a time, while the other children have to go outside and play!” Photo:Andrew McConnell/Panos Pictures/ActionAid
  • 14. Two… Multinational companies to pay all the taxes they owe both here and in poor countries Poor countries lose more to tax evasion by multinationals than they receive in aid.
  • 15. Many multi nationals siphon their profits out of poor countries (and indeed the UK) into tax havens. The first step to tackle this is greater transparency. At the moment companies only have to publish one global set of accounts.
  • 16. We want them to publish a basic set of accounts in every country they work in. This would make it clear to everyone which companies are paying their fair share, and which are dodging the taxes they owe. 1 staff member = £10m profit. That’s worth investigating…
  • 17. Both solutions could raise billions for our economy and for poor countries around the world.
  • 18.
    • Achieving tax justice could see whole countries breaking out of the cycle of poverty …
    • forever
    Photo: BrianSokol/ActionAid
  • 19.
    • And
    • It would help ordinary tax payers
    • here in the UK too.
  • 20. The election is going to be really close. Politicians will be listening to what you have to say
  • 21.
    • Make your voice heard.
    • Ask your candidates to put tax justice on the map!
    Photo: Kristian Buus/ ActionAid
  • 22.
    • This election, ActionAid wants to put tax justice on the map
    • We want every candidate to support our calls for tax justice
  • 23. What can you do?
    • Visit
    • Email your candidates
    • Meet your candidates face to face
      • – ask them a taxing question
    • Organise a hustings
    • Get tax justice in your local media
    • Spread the word blog, tweet and facebook for tax justice
  • 24.