Campaigning for Legislative Change

Conscience: Taxes For Peace Not War campaigns for a change in the law so that individuals can opt for the military part of their taxes to go to peaceful purposes instead.  The right to conscientiously object to physically serving in the military was achieved in the UK in 1916.  In the UK today we no longer have physical conscription.  However, we are each forced to pay for the military through our taxes.  Conscience campaigns for the right for individuals to conscientiously object to this modern-day financial conscription.

Conscience has a long history of campaigning for legislative change.  Conscience: Taxes For Peace Not War started life as the Peace Tax Campaign.  You can read about our history, and our first campaigns for legislative change, here: Our History

                

The Peace Tax Campaign / Conscience have been campaigning on this issue now for over 40 years.

The last time Conscience launched a Bill in parliament, to try to change the law to recognise the right to conscientiously object to financial conscription, was in 2016.  You can read the bill here: Taxes for Peace Bill 2016

We are at the early stages of planning to introduce a similar Bill later on in the current parliament.

In the meantime we would be very grateful if you could write to your MP / MSP, and let them know how strongly you feel about not paying for war.

Below are some details and tips about writing to your MP / MSP.

If you could send us a copy of your letter, and any reply you receive from your MP / MSP, that would be very helpful.  Thank you.

Write to your MP / MSP

Remember, you are a voter – your views count!  MPs / MSPs take notice of the letters they get – generally taking each one to represent the views of ten or twenty other like-minded constituents.

One of the best ways you can support the right to pay for peace not war is by writing to your MP. They need to know their constituents’ views on paying taxes for use by the military.

You can send your letters to:

MP’s name,
House of Commons,
Westminster,
London.
SW1A 0AA

To find out who your MP is, and for information on their activities in parliament, please visit: www.theyworkforyou.com.

Writing tips

When writing your letter you may like to bear in mind the following tips:

  • Always make your letter personal, using the correct name and title.
  • Make sure your address and postcode are on the top of the letter: envelopes are often thrown away.
  • Please mention Conscience – it helps raise awareness of the organisation.
  • Be polite: always write as if you expect a positive response.
  • Be concise: a letter should rarely be more than one sheet of A4 paper.
  • Get to the point quickly: state your concern in the first paragraph and only raise one concern per letter.
  • Ask a question and then ask for a response.
  • Letters are best, though you can always contact your MP by email.
  • It is likely you will receive a bland response to your first letter, but it may help to maintain the correspondence. Don’t write too often, but do keep the MP informed of any changes or developments in the specific area under discussion.
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