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Bill Nighy backs calls for 'Robin Hood' tax on banks

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A coalition of faith groups, development agencies, charities and unions is launching a campaign calling on political parties in the UK to back a financial transactions tax on the banks.

More than 20 organisations are backing the plan, including the TUC, the Salvation Army, Oxfam, ActionAid and Barnardos.

They claim a levy of 0.05% could raise billions of pounds which could be used to plug the hole in the public sector finances, protect public services and jobs, fight poverty at home and abroad, and help protect against future climate change.

Director Richard Curtis has made a short film starring Bill Nighy to publicise the campaign.

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