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  • 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

  • Wasing
    Article: Jan 22, 2015
    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?

  • Gareth Wilson ()
    Article: Jan 5, 2015
    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: Nov 13, 2014

    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: Oct 30, 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 9, 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 8, 2014
    By Tony Vickers

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

  • Article: Oct 6, 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: Sep 7, 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: Jun 7, 2014
    By David Cooper

    George Monbiot quotes Professor Danny Dorling's in a Guardian article earlier this week. As Monbiot says, "the problem that lies behind our multiple housing crises is simple and obvious. It is, at root, a failure to tax". He advocates property taxes, and in particular an under occupancy tax.

    The least intrusive, easiest to administer, and hardest-to-avoid property tax is Land Value Tax. It discourages under-occupancy since it taxes based on potential rental value. But it is a truly libertarian tax : provided the owner stumps up the money, he or she can choose whether the property is actually used to its full potential.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2014
    By David Cooper

    Reports of empy mansions in Bishop's Avenue, London's Billionaire's row, have highlighted the shocking waste of housing in the capital. Foreign speculators abuse the UK's property ownership laws to provide a safe haven for their wealth. From Russian gangsters, African dictators and tax dodging Greeks, hot money floods onto the UK property market, as overseas speculators seek a safe haven for their fortunes. Our rule of law and impartial system of justice protects their land against trespass, damage and arbitrary confiscation. However the relationship is entirely parasitical. Speculators benefit from the protection of British law, but do not contribute towards the costs of maintaining the state.