Commenting on the party manifestos, Sally Copley, Oxfam Head of UK Campaigns and Policy, said:
"It is encouraging that all three manifestos published this week recognise the importance of tackling inequality in Britain. Whoever wins the election will need to act urgently to address the unfairness in our economy that sees the richest 1 per cent of the population own 20 times more than the poorest 20 per cent and that risks pushing a further 400,000 households into poverty by 2030.
"Creating a fairer UK requires both action at home and on the global stage to ensure the poorest people are not shut out of the benefits of economic growth. As a first step, we urge the next government to lead the fight against tax dodging which deprives both the UK and developing countries of billions that could be used to tackle poverty."
Notes to editors:
- Oxfam's latest media brief on UK inequality, published in September, can be viewed here: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/media-centre/press-releases/2016/09/richest-one-percent-owns-twenty-times-more-than-uks-poorest-twenty-percent
- Four of the world's worst 15 tax havens are linked to the UK, Oxfam research shows http://www.oxfam.org.uk/media-centre/press-releases/2016/12/bermuda-named-worlds-worst-tax-haven
- Oxfam is part of a separate joint agency statement responding to party manifesto pledges on aid (available on request)