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Action for Land Taxation and Economic Reform

"To improve the understanding of and support for Land Value Taxation amongst members of the Liberal Democrats; to encourage all Liberal Democrats to promote and campaign for this policy as part of a more sustainable and just resource based economic system in which no one is enslaved by poverty; and to cooperate with other bodies, both inside and outside the Liberal Democrat Party, who share these objectives."

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  • Article: Oct 9, 2014

    In a pre-manifesto briefing for ALTER, Vice-Chair Tony Vickers argues strongly for including local taxes in the 2015 election manifesto, stating "Saying nothing about Council Tax reform is a serious omission: it is bad politics and also bad policy".

  • Article: Oct 8, 2014
    By Tony Vickers

    report may of interest to supporters as well as ALTER members.

  • Document: Oct 7, 2014
    261.5 KiB presentation

    Scotland can introduce LVT now - as a local tax - and give "proof of concept" to the rest of UK for reform of Council Tax and Business Rates onto a site value basis.

  • Document: Oct 7, 2014
    633.09 KiB document

    Presentation at Glasgow Conference Oct 2014

  • Article: Oct 6, 2014
    By Tony Vickers

    Report on ALTER's Glasgow Fringe meeting 5th October 2014: "New Nations, New Taxes?"

    Former banker, Scot and nephew of Malcolm Bruce MP James Oates - Chair of the British-Estonia chamber of commerce - spoke about Estonia's tax system at ALTER's fringe on Sunday, to an audience that included the Guardian's Michael White. James was followed by ALTER Vice Chair Dr Tony Vickers, bringing us up-to-date with prospects for Land Value Tax in Scotland and the UK.

  • Article: Sep 7, 2014
    By David Cooper

    "Welfare for the Rich - who really receives the biggest subsidies in the UK?"

    We all know that Britain's richest 1% have accumulated as much wealth as the poorest 55% of the population but what is not recognised by most politicians or journalists is that the poorest are subsidising the richest because of our fundamentally flawed economic system.

  • Article: Jun 7, 2014
    By David Cooper

    George Monbiot quotes Professor Danny Dorling's in a Guardian article earlier this week. As Monbiot says, "the problem that lies behind our multiple housing crises is simple and obvious. It is, at root, a failure to tax". He advocates property taxes, and in particular an under occupancy tax.

    The least intrusive, easiest to administer, and hardest-to-avoid property tax is Land Value Tax. It discourages under-occupancy since it taxes based on potential rental value. But it is a truly libertarian tax : provided the owner stumps up the money, he or she can choose whether the property is actually used to its full potential.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2014
    By David Cooper

    Reports of empy mansions in Bishop's Avenue, London's Billionaire's row, have highlighted the shocking waste of housing in the capital. Foreign speculators abuse the UK's property ownership laws to provide a safe haven for their wealth. From Russian gangsters, African dictators and tax dodging Greeks, hot money floods onto the UK property market, as overseas speculators seek a safe haven for their fortunes. Our rule of law and impartial system of justice protects their land against trespass, damage and arbitrary confiscation. However the relationship is entirely parasitical. Speculators benefit from the protection of British law, but do not contribute towards the costs of maintaining the state.

  • Article: Mar 11, 2014
    By David Cooper

    Squaring the circle is hard, but according to Stuart Roger UKIP wants to achieve something even harder. They are determined to ditch Europe but equally determined to hang on to its biggest gravy train: the Common Agricultural Policy. Money from CAP goes to some of their most enthusiastic supporters: rural landowners and farmers.

  • Article: Mar 6, 2014
    By David Cooper

    Business rates in the UK are not fit for purpose, and MPs are calling for its reform, reports the Telegraph. Predictably, their remedy is to load all taxes onto profits and productivity; the Telegraph treasures a vision of a Britain that is a paradise for land speculators and hoarders who should have to pay nothing to maintain their huge land banks of unused land.



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