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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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  • Freemans Wood
    Article: Sep 1, 2015
    By David Cooper

    Freeman's Wood is a plot of land on the edge of Lancaster. The land has been used by local people for decades, and they have regarded it as common land, but fencing was installed around it in 2012, resulting in public unrest and reports in the local press.

    The land is owned by a property investment company which is registered in Bermuda, and its owners are thought to be based in Hong Kong. The director of the UK development company for the site is a Punjab-born, polo-playing friend of Prince Charles. His son plays polo with Prince Harry. So this scrubby semi-derelict patch of land has direct links to global economic, political, and social networks.

  • Article: Jul 9, 2015

    Farron and Lamb

    Answers to questions from ALTER from leadership contenders Tim Farron and Norman Lamb have been published on Libdem Voice.

  • Event: November 21, 2015 9:30 AM
    The Post-Graduate Centre, John Garne Way, Marston, Oxford. OX3 0FN

    ALTER's Oxford conference & AGM will be held at Brookes University Oxford on 21st November 2015

    The conference gives ALTER members and supporters an opportunity to discuss the strategy needed to achieve our aim of implementing LVT.

    Guest speakers will include:TBA

    Price and payment: There will be a fee of £8 per head for ALTER members and £15 for non-members. Tea and coffee and lunch is included. To reserve a place at the conference please e-mail ALTER Treasurer Catherine Hodgkinson (CEHodgkinson@aol.com). Payment should be made (either cash or cheque) at registration.

  • Article: Jun 26, 2015

    ALTER is actively advocating Land Value Taxation in Scotland, and has provided a detailed submission to Scottish Local Tax Commission. It is authored by ALTER member John Howell and can be found here.

  • Article: May 30, 2015

    A good article by Edward Lucas on the Economist blog, outlining the economic advantages but the considerable politicial difficulties of introducing Land Value Tax. One of the comments to the article makes the interesting point that China has substantial land taxes which no doubt increases the ability of the Chinese state to invest in infrastructure. Where better infrastructure leads to higher tax receipts, public investment flows. While western nations stagnate due to rent seeking behavior by land owners, the emerging economies in the East forge ahead.

  • George Osborne Banana
    Article: May 3, 2015

    George Osborne wants to introduce Mugabe-style property grabs into the UK. His latest wheeze is to force the sale of private property owned by housing associations to their tenants at a huge discount. The associations will be 'compensated' for this confiscation by the taxpayer. By offering this electoral bribe, he hopes to win votes in marginal constituencies.

  • lakeshore
    Article: Apr 23, 2015

    Is support for Land Value Tax becoming the "new normal"? In yesterday's Financial Times leader ( "UK's weak productivity invites a bolder response") the paper comments:-

    ...the challenge that remains is the dysfunctional market for land. Here, artificial scarcity acts as a tax on all enterprise, and drives up the price of a home (which indirectly raises wages). It also slows down the delivery of better infrastructure. To address this, measures would be needed: land value taxation, the greenbelt policy revisited, even more compulsory purchase of land...

  • Article: Apr 15, 2015
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    2.3 Creating a stable and competitive environment for growth
    In England we will complete the ongoing review of Business Rates, prioritising reforms that lessen the burden on smaller businesses, ensure high streets remain competitive and promote more efficient use of land.
  • Daffodils
    Article: Apr 2, 2015
    By David Cooper

    Have the great bastions of economic neo-liberalism suddenly seen the light? The Forbes Magazine produced a truly astonishing tweet:

    "Contra Piketty It's Not A Wealth Tax We Need But A Land Value Tax http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2015/03/27/contra-piketty-its-not-a-wealth-tax-we-need-but-a-land-value-tax/"

  • Article: Mar 11, 2015

    ALTER is hoping to have the following amendment included in the Manifesto debate at the March Spring Conference in Liverpool. The amendement has been submitted by Tony Vickers. Come and support us at the debate if you are attending the conference.

    Proposed ALTER Amendment to Motion F6 at Liverpool Spring Conference



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