No cash for charities that attack the Island?
Friday 18th November 2011, 3:00PM GMT.
JERSEY might be forced to reconsider donating hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money to UK charities which repeatedly attack the Island for being a tax haven, the Overseas Aid Commission said today.
Kathryn Filipponi, the commission’s executive officer, stressed that there had to come a point when Oxfam, Christian Aid and ActionAid acknowledged the charitable contributions of the finance industry.
However, she said that as long as the money was spent on those in real need and not on the organisations’ political campaigning, the flow of cash would continue for now.
Her comments come after months of campaigning by the three major UK charities against offshore centres like Jersey.
Alex Cobham, Christian Aid’s chief policy adviser, said that Christian Aid was very grateful for Jersey’s support but felt they had to make their views known on the issue.
‘We recognise that the stance that we, and increasingly the broader international development community including ActionAid and Oxfam, have taken with regard to financial secrecy has at times been uncomfortable for Jersey.
‘However, recognising the extent to which the secrecy offered by tax havens can prevent people from lifting themselves out of poverty, and the genuine concern of Jersey’s citizens to help them do precisely that, we could not in good faith remain silent on this issue.’