Readers’ reactions to an investigation into offshore tax havens that has revealed details of the Queen’s investments, among others
Your ongoing investigation into the Paradise Papers (Huge data leak reveals how the global elite protects its wealth from the taxman, 6 November) is vital. The leak confirms the vast extent to which big companies and individuals hold money in UK-linked tax havens, which can help to drain billions from the world’s poorest countries. Tax avoidance could cost developing countries $200bn a year according to the IMF.
From ActionAid’s experience on the ground, we know that it is the poorest women and girls who suffer most when taxes aren’t paid. When schools charge fees because they aren’t properly funded, it is girls who are the first to drop out. When hospitals don’t have the resources they need, it is women and girls who are most likely to be left caring for the sick.