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Bedroom Tax Protest: The Mass Sleep Out: 24th August

Reblogged from  http://tmso.org.uk/. Please support

The Mass Sleep Out – What’s it all about?

The Mass Sleep Out (TMSO) is a national day of action being held on August 24th, 2013. On this day people will gather in towns and cities across the UK and sleep on the streets, to raise awareness of the impending mass homelessness brought on by the bedroom tax and other government cuts.

What started off as an idea has now captured the hearts, minds and interests of more than 2000 people across the UK who wish to stand against the cruel measures being imposed by the coalition government.

Whilst the highest earners in the country are awarded tax breaks and big business invariably gets away with not paying it’s fair share – or in some cases paying no tax at all – the ConDem coalition is targeting some of the most vulnerable in society to pay for the financial crisis. Many of these people are now facing eviction proceedings as they are simply unable to meet the financial demands being made of them. This cannot be allowed to continue – now is the time to show your disapproval!

We need your help!

There already events planned as part of our national day of action on August 24th in over 40 towns and cities across the UK, but we would like to see this spread further!

If there is no event currently planned for your own town/city, we urge you to consider getting one started. We can offer support for anyone seeking to do so, including help & advise from other event organiserspromotional material to raise awareness of your event and important documents/statistics relating to the bedroom tax.

If you don’t wish to organise an event yourself – and even if you are unfortunately unable to attend on the 24th – there is still plenty you can do to help. We are relying on word of mouth to spread the message of this campaign, so please talk about it to people you see and share on your social media accounts to publicise the campaign as much as possible.

Confirmed Events

Barnsley
Barton-Upon-Humber
Bath
Belfast
Birmingham
Bolton
Bournemouth
Brighton
Bristol
Cardiff
Carluke
Cheltenham
Coventry
Derby
Derry
Dundee
Eastleigh
Edinburgh
Folkestone
HemelHempstead
Kingston-Upon-Thames
Leeds
Leicester
Liverpool
Livingston
London(City)
Manchester
MiltonKeynes
Newcastle-Under-Lyme
NorthLondon
Norwich
Northampton
Northumberland
Nottingham
Penzance
Peterborough
Plymouth
Portsmouth
Salisbury
Sheffield
Southampton
Southend-on-Sea
Stirling
Stockport
Swansea
Wakefield
Weston-Super-Mare
Worcester
Worthing

Can’t find an event in your area? Please feel free to set one up, and get in touch by using our contact form or via our Facebook page so we can help promote the event for you!

The Home Office Pogrom: A Message From Athens

Greek style racism comes to the UK (via Second Council House of Virgo)

Its that time of year when people up sticks and head off for a couple of weeks of sea, sand and souvlaki.   Only everyone’s skint this year, thanks to the Bedroom tax, the fuckups over benefits that have left people penniless for weeks on end, the…

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A TAX THAT THE RICH COULDN’T AVOID.

English: The Land Registry

English: The Land Registry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DID YOU KNOW THAT TWO THIRDS OF  THE 60 MILLION ACRES OF LAND IN THE UK IS OWNED BY JUST 0.36% OF THE POPULATION?

At a time when so many people need decent, affordable housing, when house building is at an all time low and people are desperate for jobs the rich minority still squirrel away their wealth in tax havens to avoid paying their way. Some of these socially irresponsible people sit on undeveloped land that could be released for building projects that would provide houses and jobs for the many who need them.

By sitting on this land, waiting for its price to go up so they can sell it at a profit, these people can ‘earn’ millions without the inconvenient effort of hard work.

This month Class, the Centre for Labour and Social Studies have published a paper proposing something they call a Land Value Tax.

This would be a tax on all land except for that which lies under ordinary people’s homes. Wealthy homeowners would be expected to pay while those on limited incomes could defer payment.

In order to do this all land would have to be registered with the Land Registry. According to the report only about three quarters of land is currently registered and its proposed that enforceable, compulsory registration be brought in so the tax would be completely unavoidable. You can’t hide your land away in a tax haven!

The tax would be based on its ‘optimum permitted use’ so those sitting on undeveloped land watching its price rise in order to sell at a profit would be hit hardest. The report says this would give them a strong incentive to develop the land with a positive knock on effect of creating more houses and jobs.

The report’s author, Andy Hull, a freelance researcher and consultant states:-

“Devised carefully, it would demand a greater contribution from the wealthy – not least the international elite with their mansions in London – without affecting ordinary homeowners. And it would be one tax that the rich and powerful could not dodge.”

You can read the full report here:-

http://classonline.org.uk/docs/2013_05_Think_piece_-_In_Land_Revenue_(Andy_Hull).pdf