Every year the UK loses billions of pounds to corporate tax dodging, while developing countries lose an estimated $160 billion.
That’s money that could be spent on fighting poverty.
Fuseini didn’t start school until she was nine. Now 12, she’s determined to do well so she can help her widowed mother provide for the family and become less dependent on others.
But with money tight, breakfast is never guaranteed and on the days she misses it, Fuseini struggles to concentrate in class. Ghana’s School Feeding Programme feeds around one million pupils like Fuseini at an annual cost of $32 million. The programme is funded by the Dutch government but if Ghana could recover the $36 million in taxes it loses from the mining sector each year, it could pay for it itself giving Fuseini and children the confidence of knowing they will get at least one good meal a day and make the most of their lessons without depending on donors.
85% of people in the UK think tax dodging is wrong, and in the run up to the election they’re making their voices heard.
“I believe everyone should pay tax and that the tax system should be fair. Therefore it is only fair that large corporations pay what they owe to contribute to the needs of the Country they operate in”. – John Morris (centre)