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Friday, September 30, 2016
Church charity asks UK politicans to stop favouring the rich
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¬†Church Action on Poverty yesterday challenged David Cameron and Gordon Brown over their commitment to making British poverty history. "Warm words towards the poor count for little when your tax policies favour the rich." they said. Niall Cooper, Church Action on Poverty National Coordinator said: "David Cameron's welcome commitment yesterday to 'make British poverty history' is not matched by his Party's commitment to handing back huge sums to the relatively wealthy in Inheritance Tax cuts." "In the past ten days both political parties have effectively caved in to the clamour from a powerful lobby to cut Inheritance Tax ≠ a policy which will hand back millions of pounds to people who are already relatively well off." The contrast between the relatively priority given to rich and poor in last week's Pre-Budget statement by the Chancellor was truly shocking. At the same time as handing out millions to the relatively affluent, poorer families will by just 48 pence a week more as a result of Alistair Darling's largesse. If the Government is truly committed to ending Child Poverty it should put money into the pockets of the poorest families ≠ not those already well off." "Leading politicians of all parties must start resisting the lobbying of the rich and powerful and redirect scarce resources to those who need them most." "The challenge for the Churches is now to campaign with the same vigour to end poverty close to home as we have shown for the Make Poverty History campaign." Source: CAP
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