Eighth International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns - Washington, DC USA 2000

United Kingdom Country Report

1. name of organisation

conscience THE PEACE TAX campaign

2. name of person submitting report

Jon Nott/Jackie Hoskins

3. organisational structure

membership (circa 2,500 )

executive committee (12 + staff )

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development committee ( 4 + staff )          personnel committee ( 4 )

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staff (2)

4. budget and budgetary categories

approx. £50,000

Income: grants, donations from members, other income, bank interest

Expenditure: staff costs, communication, administration, fundraising, campaigning and publicity materials, newsletter, membership recruitment, annual event, campaigns and PR, conferences and seminars, premises, corporation tax, summer studentship, sundry expenses

5. main goal of organisation

conscience campaigns for the right for people who are ethically opposed to war to have the military part of their taxes spent on peacebuilding initiatives

6. current size and scope of the movement

membership of 2,500 almost entirely UK

7. report on recent history and current status regarding:

legislative/parliamentary developments

war tax resistance

relationships with religious bodies, civil rights organisations, other groups

conscience has close links with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

grassroots organising and educational activities

conscience non-military security prize was launched in 1998 reaching students for the first time.

8. peace-related projects supported by your organisation

through membership of the National Peace Council (NPC) we support the promotion of the Hague Agenda for Peace and Justice for the 21st Century and the International Year for the Culture of Peace

9. publications and other resources produced by your organisation, other recent publications that you consider especially significant

10. Plans for the near future

campaigning

In 2000 conscience intends to:

human rights

The introduction of the Human Rights Act 1998 into UK law in October 2000 provides an opportunity to work more specifically on conscientious objection as a human right. We will seek a legal opinion as to in which financial year the Human Rights Act will take effect. We will investigate the possibility of work through the judicial system, and try to work with a barrister to support a war tax resister in a test case of the Human Rights Act. conscience will commission research on the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998 for conscientious objectors to taxation for military purposes.

non-military security

membership development

relationship with existing members

fund raising

annual event