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Killer Arguments Against LVT, Not (434)

Posted on the 30 January 2018 by Markwadsworth @Mark_Wadsworth

From Farmers Guardian:
[National Farmers' Union] head of tax Michael Parker said: “We would not support the introduction of a land value tax which included agricultural land as it would simply increase the cost of UK food production with no benefit for shoppers. We would prefer to see the introduction of fiscal measures which encourage economic growth – ensuring farming businesses can be profitable, productive and progressive now and in the future.”
Jolly good, he would say that, wouldn't he. The first sentence is clearly bollocks and his second sentence is just waffle.
But out of interest, how does the NFU calculate its membership fees..?
If you are a farmer, crofter or grower involved in agricultural production then you can join NFU Scotland as a full member. Your subscription will be based on... the area and type of land you farm if you are a farmer...
So basically, a very low-level kind of LVT.
Admittedly that's from the NFU Scotland website, but I'm sure the English NFU does exactly the same.

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