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Scottish Government report on Land Value Taxation imminent

December 3, 2018 10:05 AM
By Tony Vickers in - Select one -

A report on the potential for land value taxes in Scotland is about to be published, ALTER has learned.

In January this year, the Scottish Land Commission (SLC) invited tenders for a study of the potential of land value taxation (LVT) to reduce inequality in land access, in particular to look at technical issues that would face any plan to implement LVT.

Among the unsuccessful teams to bid for the research study was one in which ALTER Vice Chair Dr Tony Vickers was a member, which was pulled together by the Coalition for Economic Justice (CEJ), of which ALTER is a member. But Tony's PhD supervisor and former Head of Kingston University School of Surveying and Planning Dr Sarah Sayce and a team from Reading University, where she is now a visiting professor, won the bid and completed the study in July.

Tony has just learned that the report is with Scottish Government ministers and it is hoped that it will be published before the end of this year.

The Scottish Liberal Democrats are in favour of LVT, which also has support from the Scottish Green Party and many in the Scottish Labour and ruling Nationalist parties.