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What is Land Value Tax?

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  • Article: Nov 11, 2020
    By Tony Vickers

    Like its founder, the Adam Smith Institute (ASI) has always spoken up for LVT in general terms but once again it has published a muddled report that merely recommends its introdction on "major [housing] developments". The ASI report recently had a little mainstream publicity and can be found here https://www.adamsmith.org/news/build-build-build-and-beat-the-germans-again

  • Article: Nov 11, 2020
    By Tony Vickers

    The German state (Land) of Baden-Wurttemburg has taken the historic step of legislating to introduce a state-wide Land Value Tax. See https://www.grundsteuerreform.net/aktuelles/ for details (you may need to translate from the German).

    With its population of 11 million and major cities including Stuttgart, Mannehim and Karlsruhe, it becomes the largest part of Europe to have LVT - called Grundsteuer in German - and the first in Europe for nearly 100 years other than former Soviet states of Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania. Twice the size in area and population of Denmark, which has had LVT as a local tax since the 1920s, this places the policy literally at the heart of Europe.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2020

    Almost unnoticed, a very significant consultation on Transparency & Competition in the UK land market has been launched by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The responses to this - and the reaction from Government - could have a more significant impact on house prices and delivery of new homes than the much more widely publicised and simultaneously launched Planning White Paper "Planning for the Future".

  • Article: Sep 21, 2020

    Lib Dem 'angel investor' and ALTER member Andrew Dixon's campaign for a fairer property tax, launched earlier this summer, has passed the half-way mark towards its target of 100,000 signatures.

    The Fairer Share campaign has a slick marketing appeal to the general public and aims to replace Council Tax, Stamp Duty Land Tax and Bedroom Tax with a "Proportional Property Tax" that is similar to Land-Value Tax.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2020

    Veteran campaigner Lord (Tony) Greaves now represents the Liberal Democrats on the APPG on Land-value Capture committee. After Sir Vince Cable (President of ALTER) stood down from Parliament last year, a new APPG was formed in February - just before Lockdown stopped all Parliamentary business.

    Replacing Sir Vince as its Chair, the APPC is now led by Labour MP Helen Hayes. Alongsdie Lord Greaves as co-chairs are Kevin Hollinrake MP (Con) and Caroline Lucas MP (Green). See http://www.c4ej.com/appg for more on the APPG, which ALTER Chair Joe Bourke supports as its Secretary, assisted by the resources of Taxpayers Against Poverty (TAP) and other members of the Coalition for Economic Justice.

  • Document: Sep 21, 2020
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    If you haven't heard of ALTER, start by reading this reflection on why the Party needs us and (more important) needs Land-value Taxation at every level of government.

    We hope to meet you this weekend at Conference.

  • Document: Jul 25, 2019
  • Document: Jan 16, 2019
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    ALTER membership form

  • Article: Nov 8, 2018
    By Tony Vickers

    On 31st October at Church House, Westminster, London the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Land Value Capture published its report on Land Value Capture. The event was attended by several MPs and chaired by Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Chair of the APPG.

    The APPG was formed less than a year ago and has spent this year taking evidence from a range of organisations and individuals in the UK and beyond. Its proceedings are published on the website of the Coalition for Economic Justice (CEJ) of which ALTER is a member. It was ALTER's Chair Joe Bourke who acted as the APPG Secretary since its formation and pulled together the report for MPs with assistance from other CEJ members.

  • Mansion
    Article: Aug 29, 2018

    A new IPPR report argues that the reform of the dysfunctional land market is essential if the UK is to be a more equal, more productive and stable economy. It is also vital to creating a better-functioning housing market that delivers the affordable and quality homes the country needs.

    Land is an essential factor in all economic activity but, if it is not properly managed and regulated, it can play a destabilising role in the housing market and the wider economy. The UK's dysfunctional land market and soaring land values have helped drive growing wealth inequality, create the conditions for a broken housing market, and are a root cause of an unproductive and unstable economy. Reform of the land market must therefore be focused on reducing the financial speculation that occurs in land and sharing the benefits of increases in land values for the benefit of the public good.