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Issue:- 18 October  2012


ON Monday, 15 October 2012, the Tax Bus visited Liverpool on the last day of the 53 day tour of the UK and Ireland. Christian Aid's and Church Action on Poverty's Tax Justice Bus has been stopping off around the country, highlighting how global tax dodging is hurting the poor in the UK and beyond.

Richard White, the Canon for Mission and Evangelism at Liverpool Cathedral and the Reverened Howard Sharp, URC Mersey Synod Moderator, welcomed the Tax Bus to the Cathedral. Many people climbed on board to learn how tax dodging by multinational companies costs developing countries $160 billion a year. Tax dodging also impacts the UK, with £35 billion uncollected. An open meeting was held in the church, providing visitors with an opportunity to raise questions.

Tax dodging is an injustice that keeps some people poor while others get richer. It robs countries of the taxes they are owed, money that could be spent on essential services such as health, education and welfare. Both the Prime Minister and Chancellor have condemned aggressive tax avoidance as morally wrong.

Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty think the system must be changed and that David Cameron should use his global leadership to end financial secrecy, so tax dodgers have nowhere to hide. The charities want people to:- 'Tick for tax Justice' by signing a petition that calls on the Prime Minister to push for measures that would require:-

Companies to report on the profits they make and taxes they pay in every country in which they operate.

Tax havens to automatically share information about the money flowing through them with other countries.

Niall Cooper, Church Action on Poverty, said:- "At a time when spending cuts are having a devastating impact on the UK's poorest people and communities, tax dodging is morally unacceptable. It amounts to robbing the poor. If the Government just collected the £35 billion of tax they know is going uncollected, they could invest properly in tackling UK poverty."

Paul Brannen, Christian Aid, said:- "We estimate that tax dodging by some unscrupulous multinational companies costs developing countries at least $160 billion a year, that's one-and-a-half times the total global aid budget. It's money that could be used to make huge improvements to public services such as healthcare and education, better enabling people to sustain themselves. By making changes to the tax system, people across the world can live healthier, happier and less hungry lives." 

To find out more about the Tax Justice Bus tour follow them on:- Twitter @taxbus2012, and via:-


MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Formby on Friday, 12 October 2012, during which a distinctive item was stolen. It is believed the property on Duke Street was burgled in the early hours of Friday morning. A number of items were taken from the property including a distinctive silver I-pod Touch with the following engraved into it:- "To Ben Love Mum You'll Never Walk Alone" and an Olympus Digital Camera SLR E 500. House-to-house enquiries have been conducted and an investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is ongoing.

Inspector Jim Atherton, said:- "These are valuable possessions and we are keen to re unite them with their owner. "We appeal to anyone with any information about the incident, or who may have been offered to buy an I-pod Touch or camera matching these descriptions to call us, so we can hopefully reunite the items with the victim. I would ask that people take the time to reduce the risk of being a victim by ensuring there property is secure. Record the details of your valuables, make, models and serial numbers and ideally register them for free on:- This is a free national property register. Simply follow the links from the Merseyside Police website. This also includes lots of practical crime prevention advice. There have been a number of reports of thefts from sheds and garages in the area. Some of them had been left open or insecure allowing easy access to the offenders. I would urge everyone to ensure they lock their cars at night and in any event don't leave valuables in them. Secure Sheds and garages and back gates. Most thieves are opportunists and these simple precautions will hopefully make you less likely to become a victim of crime."

Officers would urge anyone who may have witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in the area in the early hours of Friday, 12 October 2012, or anyone with information to contact Police on:- 0151 777 3055 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.

Top 10 Tips for keeping your house and car safe:-

Lock all your doors and windows before you go out or to bed (almost a third of all burglaries in Sefton this summer happened when a door or window was left insecure).

If you have any external UPVC doors, always push the handle up AND turn the key otherwise it will not be secure.

Invest in a burglar home and make sure you use it.

Use timers on your internal lights and buy motion-sensor outside ones.

Keep house and car keys out of sight and out of reach to stop thieves reaching in and then being able to steal your car. Buy a lock box or secure tin to keep them in.

Keep expensive items in your downstairs rooms out of sight. Use blinds and either bushes or fencing to stop opportunists peering in.

Lock bikes and expensive garden appliances in a solid shed or garage and fit an intruder alarm.

Use a ultra-violet pen to mark valuables with your postcode and house number, or better still, register them at; a secure database the police can access to return stolen goods to their rightful owners.

Be vigilant when cold-callers come knocking and insist on checking their ID and with their company before you consider letting them in. Use a door chain and ask them to wait outside while doing this.

Call Copy Lane police station on:- 0151 777 3117 to book your free home security. Visit the Merseyside Police website.

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