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What is Land Value Tax?

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  • Average Floor Space by Country
    Article: Jun 17, 2018
    By J G Šmíd

    In Lib Dem Voice on 3 June Helen Flynn urge the readers to come up with "big ideas" to solve our current housing market.

    Helen Flynn rightly identifies the issue is not of 'supply and demand': … problems in the housing market … are not necessarily problems of the housing market. Helen Flynn then singles out "distribution" of housing as the main issue: "Some people are occupying a lot more housing than others … others are squeezed out of the market entirely".

  • Steve Akhurst of Shelter, Prof J Henneberry, and Liz Peace CBE address the committee
    Article: May 26, 2018

    The housing, communities and Local Government Committee held a review of Land Value Capture on 8 May, which is now available on the web at the following URL: https://goo.gl/DxSCDM

    Steve Akehurst of Shelter estimated that only 25% of land uplift due to development is recovered for the community at present in the UK, as opposed to 80% in Holland or Germany.

  • mansion
    Article: Mar 14, 2018

    In the wake of the Salisbury attack, should non-Resident Russians be able to own homes in the UK? ALTER secretary David Cooper argues that preventing this could be an effective sanction that actually benefits the UK, see Guardian Letters...

  • Michaeal Meadowcroft (standing), Joe Bourke and Tony Vickers at the ALTER Southport Fringe
    Article: Mar 13, 2018

    Our fringe meeting at federal conference in Southport was entitled, 'Reforming business rates and council tax' with Michael Meadowcroft (standing in photo), a former Liberal member of Parliament and life-long campaigner invited to introduce the discussion.

    Tony Vickers of ALTER (sitting to the right) also spoke on more technical matters and solutions to the problems raised by our policy of using site value rating to replace the present taxation methods supporting local services...

  • Chris Glover
    Article: Mar 3, 2018

    ALTER has submitted its response to the Inquiry on Land Value Capture to the Communities and Local Government Committee Inquiry. Compiled by ALTER executive member Chris Glover, it criticises so called betterment taxes and explains why Land Value Tax is the way forward. It proposes several short term measure including removal of capital gains exemption for domestic property sale. The document can be read here.

  • An aerial view of the proposed car park from above the station
    Article: Feb 5, 2018

    The Communities and Local Government Committee (CLG) is calling for written submissions which examine the effectiveness of current land value capture methods, and the need for new ways of capturing any uplift in the value of land associated with the granting of planning permission or nearby infrastructure improvements and other factors...

  • Glasgow
    Article: Dec 19, 2017

    The Scottish Land Commisstion is seeking partners in a project to "assess, with reference to international experience, the potential of land value taxation to contribute to a more productive, accountable and diverse pattern of land ownership and use in Scotland and to identify a set of potential policy options that merit further consideration by SLC".

  • Article: Dec 3, 2017

    Alter welcomes the report https://institute.global/insight/renewing-centre/home-truths-progressive-vision-housing-policy-21st-century published by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

    The executive summary is reproduced below:

    A housing crisis is sweeping through cities from Sydney to London to San Francisco. Following a short slump in 2008, house prices across the OECD have soared, contributing to a decline in living standards and a rise in wealth inequality. Today, housing is the source of economic anxiety, social resentment, and political frustration.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2017

    Former Liberal MP for Leeds and ALTER member Michael Meadowcroft has written a letter about land hoarding in the Sunday Times.

    Meanwhile well known LVT activist Duncan Pickard has featured on Radio 4 Money Box. Follow the link to listen.

  • Vince Cable visits ALTER stand at SLF conference, with members Toby Matthews and Daniel Henry. (Daniel Henry)
    Article: Nov 10, 2017

    Reception for launch of All Party Parliamentary Group on Land Value Capture

    Monday, December 4, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Houses of Parliament, Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, 1 Parliament St, Westminster, London

    SW1A 2JR

    (Please allow circa 30 minutes to clear security at Portcullis House)

    The Coalition for Economic Justice is organising this event. It will be Chaired by Sir Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats