Over the past week I have received almost a hundred emails from Canterbury constituents about tax avoidance in the wake of the latest scandal, so I was really pleased that the party has formally announced that will introduce a Tax Dodging Bill in the first 100 days of the next parliament.
I am as appalled that the Lib Dem / Conservative coalition has left almost one million people to rely on foodbanks in 2013 while keeping huge tax loopholes for the rich to exploit.
It is clear to me that successive governments have failed to ensure that these tax loopholes are closed and that this problem has become deep rooted in the country. This issue is not only one of massive national importance but also has huge international significance.
In the wake of the HSBC, Swiss Leaks and LuxLeaks tax avoidance scandals the Green Party has pledged to introduce a Tax Dodging Bill in the first 100 days after the election. The campaign for such a Bill is being widely supported by a network of NGOs, cooperatives, faith groups, MPs and Unions.
The Green Party has long championed firm action on tax avoidance as an alternative to austerity and fully back the Bill which calls for new rules to make the UK tax regime more transparent and tougher on tax dodging. Green Party policy is to crack down heavily on tax havens and other methods of tax evasion and avoidance, and press for a transparent country-by-country reporting so that company profits can be located and taxed.