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 David Cooper

    The Somerset Levels are flooded, and the Environment Agency is taking flak. But a quick look at way that tax is collected for drainage shows that trouble was inevitable.

    In England and Wales, Internal Drainage Boards (IDB) are responsible for providing flood protection. Flood protection is rather like insurance, in the sense that money has to be invested upfront, to decrease the risk of loss of property in the future. Unlike insurance however, flood protection cannot be implemented for each property individually. It therefore has to be implemented publicly, and financed through taxation. According to Wikipedia, all properties within a drainage district are deemed to derive benefit from the activities of an IDB. Every property is therefore subject to a drainage rate (i.e. a tax) paid annually to the IDB. So far so good.

    Article / Feb 9, 2014
  • By David Cooper

    ALTER needs to extend its thinking to taxation issues beyond LVT. Taxation is an extensive subject, and we may not have the capacity to develop a comprehensive position by ourselves. Therefore it is worth looking at examples where such work has been done.

    An example of a systematic approach to taxation is the Mirlees review. This contains a systematic review of the tax system, outlines fundamental principles, and does support limited application of LVT. It might be a better use of time to define the position of ALTER with reference to Mirlees. With this in mind Mirlees was briefly discussed by about 20 ALTER members at our London mini-conference of 16 November 2013, held at the Three Stags pub in Lambeth.

    Article / Dec 22, 2013
  • 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 ( 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)

    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


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