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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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  • George Osborne Banana

    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.

    Article / May 3, 2015
  • lakeshore

    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 23, 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.
    Article / Apr 15, 2015
  • Daffodils
    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 / Apr 2, 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

    Article / Mar 11, 2015
  • 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 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


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