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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  • Wasing
    By David Cooper in Libdem Voice

    Few things are more complicated and opaque than the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a trade deal being hammered out between the EU and the USA. It has been criticized by activists and journalists such as George Monbiot, but Vince Cable asserts there is nothing to worry about. Who is right?

    Article / Jan 22, 2015
  • Gareth Wilson ()
    By Catherine Hodgkinson

    ALTER MEMBER SELECTED TO FIGHT CHANCELLOR

    ALTER sends heartiest congratulations to Gareth Wilson and wishes him all the very best for May. We would like to hear from other ALTER members who are candidates. If you have been selected, please e-mail Catherine (CEHodgkinson@aol.com) with some details. At our next ALTER Executive meeting on 16 January, we will be discussing ALTER's role in the General Election campaign and the ways we might be able to assist our members and supporters who are standing. Meanwhile ALTER would like to thank all its members for their continuing support and to wish them a happy, healthy and successful 2015.

    Article / Jan 5, 2015
  • In this short paper ALTER supporter Behrooz Tavassolian argues Land Value Tax is the best way to resolve the current Housing shortage problems that manifest itself within the UK. Instead of 750,000 properties standing empty in Britain, landowners would be motivated to ensure their assets are in use.

    Article / Nov 13, 2014
  • A new posting by Toby Matthews looks at the fallout of the Clacton-on-Sea election and asks how peripheral areas can rebuild their economies.

    As Matthews says...

    We need only revisit Ricardo's Law of Rent to understand that the economic margin will be hit the hardest. They cannot compete with London and they certainly can't bear the same tax load.

    Article / Oct 30, 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 9, 2014
  • By Tony Vickers

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

    Article / Oct 8, 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

    Document / Oct 7, 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 / Oct 6, 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 / Sep 7, 2014


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