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'Thanks for the cheque but you are still tax evaders...'

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CHRISTIAN AID has defended its decision to carry on collecting money from islanders despite being seen to campaign against Guernsey's finance industry.

CHRISTIAN AID has defended its decision to carry on collecting money from islanders despite being seen to campaign against Guernsey's finance industry.

More than £40,800 was collected by volunteers this year through door-to-door and church collections regardless of the fact that the charity, together with the Tax Justice Network, published a list of the 'most secretive' finance centres, of which Guernsey was ranked 21st, in 2011.

It has also called for greater action to tackle 'tax evasion' and more commitment from the island.

But Christian Aid area representative Martin Nicholls, who is also church projects manager, said he did not believe accepting money from islanders was contradictory.

He said it was not campaigning directly against Guernsey or Jersey but for more transparency.

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