Property speculation is arguably the most disturbing and damaging subjugation that ever hit UK society. Your rented house or flat, once your home, has become a profit-making commodity for your landlord. Due to a lack of action by government on multiple housing crises, lack of homes, poor living conditions, and still, four years after the promise to end no-fault evictions, tenants continue to be at the mercy of profit-seeking landlords. Your security of tenure is lost. This is the main cause of social disparity, poverty, homelessness and mental disorders such as anxiety, depression and even suicide.
Mortgage holders, subject to interest rate hikes coupled with a cost of living that is rapidly escalating beyond our means, are perilously close to forced sales or worse, foreclosure. Even owning your home is no longer secure.
Concentrated land ownership is the driver of the UK’s gross wealth inequality and housing misery for so many. In the words of Winston Churchill, “Roads are made, streets are made, services are improved, electric light turns night into day, water is brought from reservoirs a hundred miles off in the mountains – and all the while the landlord sits still - he renders no service to the community, he contributes nothing to the general welfare, he contributes nothing to the process from which his own enrichment is derived.” To this day this a rousing call for a land value tax, a levy to capture rising land prices, and over the decades it has been supported by eminent economists and taken up in various forms in cities across the planet, from Australia to eastern Europe, some examples of which can be seen on the next page.
Financial benefits generated by increases in the value of land rightfully belong to society. It is morally reprehensible to deny the people the benefit of that huge income produced by their own labours, and which currently goes entirely to the landowner who contributes nothing to create it.
Land Value Tax (LVT) will provide greater financial stability, and make available a huge budget specifically for vital infrastructure, health, education, and transport. LVT will discourage property speculation and drastically reduce rent and mortgage payments. Houses and apartments will become homes again, and there has never been a time of greater need than right now!
More money can be raised with LVT for the benefit of society than all the present taxes put together. Ultimately. all other taxes will be abolished.
* From Carol Wilcox in the Guardian - Full letter can be found here...
LVT is a radical solution to the unfair economic system that is currently crippling society.
LVT will end property speculation, eviction for profit, tax evasion, souring rents, land grabs and homelessness
Unlike our current ‘taxes’ LVT does not raise money from labour or trade.
LVT is a single payment charged on the ownership of land.
More money can be raised for social improvements using LVT than all other taxes put together.
Over time all other taxes will be abolished.
There are two groups that you may want to keep an eye on, or better still sign up. These are Shared Ground - (formerly The Young People's Party), and The People's Assembly. Also, you can sign up here at the AGR - Annual Ground Rent website to keep up to date with the work-in-progress by the Scottish Land Revenue Group focussed on lobbying Scottish MSPs to begin the introduction of AGR/LVT as already mentioned, the only real alternative towards a much fairer society.
The need for connection and community is primal, as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food. We need to become more aware of our own strengths. We are born with all the tools we need to deal with what life throws at us.
There is a state of collective or community consciousness that our self-appointed rulers fear most and we must take care not to be dulled down by entertainment and consumption fed by a media bought from the ocean of unshared wealth that is kept hidden from our view.
Enjoy what you have but stay awake, stay aware and do not settle for disparity. Better to rise up, collectively, and make your objections known in whatever way you can.
The revenue from Land Value Tax will return equality and prosperity to us all, but we have to get behind it, and shout it from the rooftops, until it can no longer be ignored.
If you want an in-depth view of Land Value Tax then don't hesitate to check out Fred Harrison's #WeAreRent Book 1, Book 2 & Book 3*. They opened my eyes to a world that belongs to all of us. A world out of which we were systematically cheated over a period of nearly 600 years. This is a volume that cannot be unread and will recharge your energy for a better world for us, our children and generations to come.
The following quote I have found to be inspiring and motivating and something perhaps we can all take stock of.
* Book 3 coming soon on Amazon.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"
Thank you for visiting this website which can be the beginning of a new uncharted journey that will restore what rightfully belongs to everyone and is long overdue.