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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  • By Tony Vickers

    By now over 13 million people worldwide have seen the Paxman 'interview' of Russell Brand on Newsnight, which followed his guest editor-ship of New Statesman.

    Friends in America and Australia saw before me! When Alanna Hartzok (the UN rep of the Georgist Movement) said I must watch it, I did. Yesterday the Coalition for Economic Justice (CEJ) resolved to try and contact Brand to point out that our Movement contains what he calls "people with alternative ideas" that can help change the economic paradigm.

    Article / Nov 2, 2013
  • Document / Oct 16, 2013
  • By Tony Vickers in Henry George Foundation

    In 1999, when Chief Executive of the Henry George Foundation, I wrote a fairly lengthy 'Q&A' on LVT, as a spin-off from a research project that I had been funded to do: looking at how LVT might be introduced in the UK. This project had involved surveys of 'stakeholders' in property taxation, in which many questions had been raised. Questions Around The Smart Tax was designed to put together all the answers which I had been giving to these stakeholders (and others) and engender discussion. It also included the results of the surveys.

    Article / Oct 16, 2013
  • The conference will give ALTER members and supporters an opportunity to discuss the strategy needed to achieve our aim of implementing LVT. Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader of will join us in the afternoon after 3pm. The provisional Agenda is shown below. There will be a fee of £8 per head for ALTER members and £15 for non-members. Tea and coffee is included in the fee but not lunch. 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. If you would like to book a place at the lunch (estimated cost £12/£15), please contact Catherine.

    Article / Oct 15, 2013
  • With all the excitement at conference we forgot to post this report on Vince Cables comments at ALTER's fringe

    "Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, is backing the policy, which he argues would address the unequal "accumulation of wealth" in land and property across society. The Liberal Democrat Cabinet minister revealed that the idea was being actively discussed at "a high level" inside the Coalition and called for a full-scale feasibility study into how such a reform would operate."

    Article / Sep 23, 2013
  • SCOTTISH Labour leader ­Johann Lamont has signalled support for a new land tax as part of a shake-up of the way local services are provided in Scotland. (Scotsman)

    http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/johann-lamont-signals-support-for-land-tax-plan-1-3105817

    Article / Sep 23, 2013
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    Report on Federal Conference by Tony Vickers

    Document / Sep 23, 2013
  • By Tony Vickers

    Its official: firstly that Land Value Taxation (LVT) is a more popular policy among Lib Dem activists than Mansion Tax (MT); secondly that a "full scale review" of "how it might best be implemented" in the UK will be commissioned "early in the next parliament" if we are in Government again.

    But it is MT, not LVT, which seems certain to feature in our Party's 2015 Manifesto.

    Article / Sep 23, 2013
  • ALTER has worked with the Coalition for Economic Justice (CEJ) all summer to bring you The Taxing Question of Land - a 30-minute film on U-tube, launched by RSA on 3rd September, all about LVT. A young film director, new to the subject, was given free rein (and £14k) to present the subject in a way that would appeal to young, intelligent people in the UK today.

    Article / Sep 11, 2013
  • By Tony Vickers

    ALTER Exec recommend Conference representatives to support the second part of an amendment submitted by the Social Liberal Forum (SLF), which had 105 supporting signatures, to the Motion F19 next Monday. This amendment includes a new clause saying that Party economic policy "should be guided by" (among other things):-

    Article / Sep 11, 2013


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