October 2012 Archives

Let Beneficiaries Pay.pdf

The talk by Dr Tony Vickers was given to a standing-room-only audience of postgraduate students, staff and guests of Bartlett School of Planning UCL, plus members of PLRG, on Wednesday 10th October. A lively discussion followed.

Dr Vickers is available to give similar talks on aspects of Land Value Capture.

"Mega urban transport projects and land-value capture: a solution to infrastructure funding and investment in the UK" is the subject of a talk by PLRG Hon Sec Dr Tony Vickers at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, in the OMEGA Centre seminar series on 10th October.

The talk is free, because "Beneficiaries should pay" is the sub-title of the talk. OMEGA Centres are funded by Volvo; car manufacturers benefit from transport investment!

Details of the venue, including times, for the seminars are on the UCL site. If you can't make it, Dr Vickers' slides will be uploaded here.

Tony Vickers lectures to final year degree and post-graduate students on the role of "green taxes" in sustainable economics and the professions of the built environment, at Kingston University's School of Planning & Surveying. He is an independent researcher and lecturer, currently part of a Kingston University research team that is monitoring the Government's pilot of Land Auctions. He is available to lecture at other institutions in southern Britain.

There is a chance to influence the Coalition Government's attitude towards property tax reform next month. A Private Members Bill is due for its 2nd Reading on 9th November, calling for Government to commission research on the subject.

If you agree with us that reform of our property taxes could help economic recovery, by reducing the tendency to hold onto developable land and by providing a sustainable source of funding for infrastructure investment, please write to your MP. If enough MPs attend the House on 9th November, it will allow the Land Value Taxation (Research) Bill to progress, ensuring further debate on the subject.

A Bill calling on Government to commission research on Land Value Taxation has received a boost from grants to enable opinion polling on attitudes to property taxes to be undertaken. The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust has awarded £5,000 to the Coalition for Economic Justice (CEJ), of which PLRG is a member, to help pay for the opinion survey. Other CEJ members have matched this grant.

The Bill's promoter in Parliament, Green MP for Brighton Caroline Lucas, visited the Liberal Democrat Conference in her constituency last week to discuss how the survey results might help her. She met the Lib Dem Deputy Leader Simon Hughes MP, who had just spoken in a debate on housing, calling for "site value rating - or something like it - to ensure that speculating developers cannot control the flow of new homes on sites that have planning permission".

To help fund PLRG's analysis of the polling results by MORI, you can donate online here - the 'donate' PayPal button is at the bottom of the page.

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