A CAMPAIGN to highlight tax dodging hits Wearside today.
Sunderland Minster is the next stop for the Tax Justice Bus, as it tours the UK raising awareness to the damage caused by tax avoidance.
The red double-decker will pull in on High Street West at 11.30am on Monday.
Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson said: “Tax dodging by multinational companies costs developing countries billions of pounds each year, money that they could use to grow their economies and tackle crucial issues such as poverty and malnutrition.”
The Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty’s bus, will host a public meeting at 12.30pm, where visitors can find out how they can support the fight for tax justice.
Speakers will include MrsHodgson, Dereje Alemayehu of the Tax Justice Network Africa, and Gary Brooks of Positive Money.
Tax avoidance robs countries of the money owed, which could be spent on health, education and welfare.
North East Regional Manager for Christian Aid Judith Sadler said; “The visit of the Tax Justice Bus to the North East is hugely significant because tax dodging by the rich and powerful affects the poorest people, both in our region and overseas.
“This is a great opportunity for people throughout the north east to visit the bus, find out more about the issues and add their support to the campaign.”
Paul Brannen, from Christian Aid’s North East office, added: “We estimate that tax dodging by some unscrupulous multinational companies costs developing countries at least $160billion a year.
“That’s one-and-a-half times the total global aid budget.
“By making changes to the tax system, people across the world can live healthier, happier and less hungry lives.”