Home to Robin’s Sherwood Forest, the UK was the first country to launch a Robin Hood Tax campaign in February 2010. Since then it has grown to number almost a quarter of a million supporters and 117 organisations, including domestic charities, green groups, trade unions and international development organisations.
The financial crisis and recession have left a massive hole in the UK’s public finances. The campaign believes that the financial sector should pay their fair share to clean up the mess they helped create, and help those worst affected both at home and abroad.
The UK government does not yet support a Robin Hood Tax, but with support growing in Europe for a Financial Transaction Tax, the pressure is mounting. It’s up to the Merry Men and Women of Britain to don some tights and make sure the campaign stays on the political agenda.