The JustMoney Movement has called on the Government to use the upcoming Autumn Statement to boldly step up to tackle rising poverty and inequality in our local communities, through reform of the tax system.
Around 14.4 million people were living in poverty in 2021/22, including 4.2 million children. It is widely accepted that this has increased due to the cost-of-living crisis. A new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that around 3.8 million people in the UK experienced ‘horrifying levels of destitution’ last year. Statistics such as these are terrible in any context, but in the world’s 6th largest economy, they are completely unacceptable and immoral.
The JustMoney Movement is calling for measures to tackle the poverty crisis to be placed front and centre in the Autumn Statement, including reforms to shift taxes from income to wealth. Currently our tax system puts the onus on those least able to pay, while the super-rich are taxed proportionately less.
The JustMoney Movement wants to see the Government commit to a Wealth Tax on the very richest; reforms to existing taxes; and the closing of tax loopholes. All of these could raise billions in revenue to ensure everyone has at least enough to pay for essentials like food, warmth and housing. The solutions are plenty and would help address the scandal of poverty and destitution in 21st century Britain.
Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams said:
JustMoney Movement Executive Director, Sarah Edwards said: