Newsletter : March 2009

Welcome to our Action Update

As we approach the G20 meeting in London on April 2nd rewriting the rules of the global banking system is now the order of the day.  Already moves are underway to clean up the murky world of tax havens (see below).  Never has there been a better time to make progress with the Currency Transaction Levy – please take part in our urgent action today.

TAKE ACTION: Email World Bank Boss Today

The International Health Partnership is a new initiative spearheaded by Gordon Brown and World Bank President Robert Zoellick. The Currency Transaction Levy is the most promising financial instrument to fund their work. Send Robert Zoellick a message now!

Progress in Fight Against Tax Dodgers

The campaign to expose the murky world of tax havens scored a major success last week. Liechtenstein, Andorra, Austria, Luxembourg, Jersey and Switzerland, some of the world’s largest and most notorious offshore banking centres, have agreed to hand over information on account holders suspected of tax evasion. Find out more…

Put People First – G20 National Mobilisation

On Saturday 28th March thousands of people will march through London as part of a global campaign to challenge the G20 leaders. Be one of them.

Rethinking Finance

The Rethinking Finance website is a new Civil Society platform for alternative ideas and analysis on how the financial system can be made to work for people and the environment. Check it out!


We are delighted to have just received news that the Methodists, Baptist Union of Great Britain and Church of England have all now passed motions supporting a Currency Transaction Levy (CTL). UK Churches are submitting a document to the G20 which includes a call for the introduction of the CTL at the earliest opportunity. Our information is that both Stephen Timms, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, and Gordon Brown have just been handed a short briefing paper on the CTL following a meeting of development charities and churches at Number 10 Downing Street in the last few days.