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What is Land Value Tax?

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  • ALTER fringe York Spring 2017 conference
    Article: Mar 25, 2017

    A record number of new members attended the Spring Conference in York, and ALTER's fringe was packed. Vice Chair Tony Vickers spoke about the housing crisis, and secretary David Cooper unveiled a proposed tax (provisionally called the " Property Uplift Recovery Tax") on overseas investors in the UK housing market.

  • Urban Empty Lot
    Article: Feb 28, 2017


    ALTER member and former Parliamentarian Michael Meadowcroft makes a cogent point in last week's Observer….

    A Better Business Rate Formula, the Observer, 26.02.17

    One of the key problems with the current basis for business rates (''Small Shops recoil in the face of rates that will more than double", Business, last week), is that the valuations are based on rental values. Thus a business that improves its premises and contributes towards the success of the area increases the rental value and therefore brings more expense, whereas a business that neglects its premises and is a factor in the decline·of the area decreases its costs. It is just the opposite of what should be the case.

  • Vice Chair Tony Vickers (left) talks to a delegate
    Article: Feb 26, 2017

    To get our message across ALTER has run a stand for the second South Central Conference in a row. Tony Vickers and David Cooper manned the stand, and there was considerable interest from some delegates. As a result a number of new ALTER members were recruited.

  • Document: Nov 21, 2016
  • Vince Cable gives Keyword Speech at South Central Regional Conference, Oct 2016
    Article: Oct 23, 2016



    ALTER actively fosters awareness of LVT among the Liberal Democrat grass roots and as part of this we ran an ALTER stand at the South Central Regional Conference on 22 October, held near Chandler's Ford. Activists were cheered by the positive Witney by-election result. The key message: there are new members in our party, but very low awarness of LVT, and we have a mountain to climb even in making activists aware of our economic ideas. But we can get new members if we put our case across well!

  • Document: Sep 22, 2016
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    Paper commissioned by ALTER from member Jock Coats and launched at Lib Dem Conference 19 Sep 2016, with Molly Scott Cato MEP (Green) and Catherine Bearder MEP (Lib Dem).

  • Article: Sep 22, 2016
    By Jock Coats

    Paper by Jock Coats of ALTER was launched at a fringe meeting in Brighton (at the Lib Dem Conference) with Molly Scott Cato MEP (Green Party), Catherine Bearder MEP and Heather Wetzel (Labour Land Campaign)

  • Terraced Houses Glasgow Hillhead
    Article: Aug 3, 2016

    Edward Lucas has published a great article in the Times on why sitting on our hands while the housing crisis spirals out of control is no way forward. He concludes:

    "If we do not deflate the housing bubble and make its beneficiaries pay more, we will sooner or later have a government elected by the majority of the population who are suffering from its effects. It will run housing policy based on what it regards as fairness; property rights will come second - or nowhere."

  • Country cottage
    Article: Mar 11, 2016

    ALTER Vice Chair Dr Tony Vickers has published a position paper which shows how the housing crisis should be solved through tax reforms, beginning with LVT. At present home owners cream off unearned income from the economic activities of others, a harmful effect which reduces GDP by 20%. He shows that any strategy which reforms only business rates will lead to market distortions, and advocates a Homestead Allowance and combining property and income taxes. The full report can be found at The Real Hope for Home-ownership.

  • London view
    Article: Feb 22, 2016
    By David Cooper

    London faces an acute shortage of developable areas. A new report 'Tax Trial: Land Value Tax for London?' was released today by London Assembly Member, Tom Copley which estimates that a new Land Value Tax (LVT) could provide the incentive to build over 200,000 new homes in the capital.

    Author of the report for the Planning Committee, Tom Copley AM, said: