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A Vision for Land Owership and Use in Britain Land, as the Diggers used to say, is the common treasury of all. Socialism, without the common ownership of land by the people, is not possible. All land must be owned by the state. This ownership and the rental agreements it would require, would have a major impact on state revenue, council tax and national tax regimes. The transformation of the current system of largely private land ownership would be a huge undertaking and require a special government commission and department fully integrated with a national housing department which would consider all aspects of housing and the elimination of inadequate housing and homelessness. Speculation in land has not only increased its price, but has transferred some ownership ultimately into overseas hands. All land must be repatriated. One of the first tasks will to be to achieve what has never been achieved before; a complete register of the ownership of land. No landowner will receive recompense for the expropriation of their land. All land will be managed and people will be recognised as stewards, not possessors of land. Another task to be to instigate an immediate windfall tax on profits from development land sold for various house building and public infrastructure purposes. There must be an immediate revaluation of development land downwards, possibly by as much as 75%. The £500,000 an acre or more which some landowners have been getting is criminal and of no value to the wider community. There are about 59 million people living on the 56 million acres that is Britain. The area taken up by our homes is less than 10% of the available land. Even when we add in the land taken by other building and infrastructure such as roads and so on and the acreage of mountains, forest and waterways, there are over 40 million acres of beautiful and productive countryside. We have a surplus, not a deficit of
land.  This is owned by just 189,000 families. They still have aristocratic estates, of which roughly 4,800 of them are over 740 acres. Nothing has really changed in terms of this category of ownership since the 1872 analysis in the Return of Owners of Land. Only about 40,000 people own land worth over £1 million. In England the top ten landowners own 1.8% of the land, while in Scotland it is a staggering 21.9% and in Wales 15.1%. When the figures are broken down 157,000 families, 0.28% of the population, own 64% of the land area. This ratio is increasing all the time with fewer owning more each year. Download the full article
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