A PETITION to end world poverty was this week accepted by Stephen Lloyd MP at his Eastbourne office.
Representatives from local churches, CAFOD, Tearfund, Christian Aid and Fairtrade Eastbourne spoke with Mr Lloyd and delivered the signatures of more than 400 residents as part of the national Tea Time for Change campaign.
The petition stressed the importance of the Government promise to raise international aid to 0.7 per cent of national income by 2013.
It then highlighted a need for greater transparency from multinational companies in publishing a basic set of accounts for every country in which they operate, including tax havens. And lastly, the petition called for a small financial transaction tax, such as the 0.05 per cent suggested by the Robin Hood Tax campaign, to provide additional finance to tackle global poverty.
Eastbourne anti-poverty campaigner Barry Mansergh said, “We were very grateful for the favourable and enthusiastic manner in which Mr Lloyd heard our requests. Global poverty is an urgent and complex problem and it needs effective and serious measures such as these to make a real impact.”
Mr Lloyd added, “It was a real pleasure to receive this petition.
“The promised international aid goal of 0.7 per cent of national income by 2013 is something I am convinced must not be watered down.