conscience TAXES FOR PEACE NOT WAR, works for a world where taxes are used to nurture peace, not pay for war.
We campaign for a progressive increase in the amount of UK tax spent on peacebuilding, and a corresponding decrease in the amount spent on war and preparation for war. We also campaign for the legal right of those with a conscientious objection to war to have the entire military part of their taxes spent on peacebuilding.
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In 2016 we marked the centenary of the Military Service Act by calling on the government to extend the definition of conscientious objection for the 21st Century.
This cause was taken up by Ruth Cadbury MP who with the support of her Parliamentary colleagues moved the Taxes for Peace Bill, legislation that if passed would enable all citizens who define as conscientious objectors to redirect the military portions of their taxes to non-violent means of ensuring our national security.
We were delighted that it passed its first reading in the House of Commons – a fantastic achievement for the Conscience campaign. Unfortunately, although the Bill was scheduled for debate on the 2nd of December, Parliament ran out of time for the Bill to be debated. This in most cases, usually means the Bill will never be debated.
The Bill has been rescheduled for the 24th of March 2017. This by no means ensures it will be given Parliamentary time BUT if we can contact enough MPs and persuade them this Bill is of significant importance to their constituents we can press Parliament into giving the Bill the debate it deserves.
The Taxes for Peace Bill is the next step forward in the future of fully recognising the human rights of conscientious objectors. We have one question for you: will you be part of this change?
PS – Don’t forget to send us copies of your communications with MPs – it helps us better co-ordinate campaigning! Don’t forget to sign the e-petition to force the government to respond!
P.P.S Don’t forget to sign the e-petition to force the government to respond!
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Here at Conscience, we want to create a world where taxes are used to nurture peace, not pay for war.
This is why Conscience is looking to attend the International Peace Bureau (IPB) World Congress 2016 in Berlin, taking place from 30 September – 3 October, but it’s going to cost us £1,500 to attend so we need your help!
The aim of the congress is to bring the issue of military spending into the public domain and strengthen the global community of activism.
Our attendance to this congress is essential and will mean that we can:
- Train – to learn how to be better achieve social change from the best peacebuilding organisations in the world.
- Teach – to share our parliamentary knowledge with others.
- Network – to build relationships across the peace sector.
- Co-ordinate – to unite with other peace tax campaigners and be more effective in our campaigning.