How Many Homes Are Empty? … by estimates: 720,000 empty homes are currently empty in England of which 279,000 are long- term empty (i.e. empty for more than six months) 930,000 empty homes across the UK, 350,000 of which are long term empty. A report for the government in 2004 estimated that there were a further 300,000 empty flats above shops or part of other commercial buildings.[1] House builders sitting on 400,000 undeveloped plots of land with planning permission - The Daily Telegraph [2]

15 Sep 2012


South Central Liberal Democrats: Press Release on Vacant Land Tax Three Berkshire Liberal Democrat members are playing a leading role in their party's tax policy review, which began this summer and will feature in at least three debates[1] at next week's Party Conference in Brighton. They belong to a fast growing campaign group ALTER (Action on Land Tax & Economic Reform), which includes Nick Clegg and two other Cabinet members (Dr Vince Cable and Ed Davey) as Vice Presidents, with Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne as President.

14 Sep 2012

Why people fail to understand Land Value Taxation

To those who know and love Land Value Tax (LVT) the case for it seems self-explanatory, compelling and unanswerable. Yet strangely it all too often turns out to be a very hard sell. Present economic theory rests on false assumptions established so long ago that people have forgotten what they are. So the difficulty in explaining the immediate relevance of LVT is that one has to clarify first principles at the same time. This is not so easy. An audience waiting to hear how to revive the economy will not want to be asked to revise basic concepts they think they already know.


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