Bath’s huge parking tax profit
Aug 2013 06

A recent report by the RAC reveals that Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) council are raking in just over £5 million in profit from its car parks, making it the ninth most profitable parking regime in the country outside of London.

‘For many local authorities, parking charges are a nice little earner’ says RAC Foundation director Stephen Glaister. ‘The bottom line is that hundreds of millions of pounds are being contributed annually to council coffers through parking charges and the drivers who are paying them have a reasonable expectation to see the cash spent on improving the roads.’ Continue Reading

Stamp Out Stamp Duty
Aug 2013 06

More than a quarter of home-buyers are now getting hit with a Stamp Duty bill for £7,500 or more, paying the punitive 3 per cent rate.

Stamp Duty is a challenging obstacle in the way of first-time buyers who dream of owning their own home. It also creates problems for anyone with a growing family and anyone who needs to move to take a new job. And it discourages elderly people from downsizing to a smaller property more suitable for their needs.

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The structure of the tax is a mess. The two major recent reviews of the tax system – the 2020 Tax Commission, from the TaxPayers’ Alliance and the Institute of Directors, and the Mirrlees Review from the Institute for Fiscal Studies – concluded that it should be abolished.

We are launching a new campaign – Stamp Out Stamp Duty – to do something about it. Our message is simple: the Government should cut Stamp Duty. New TaxPayers’ Alliance research out today shows how many people are affected by punitive rates of Stamp Duty; we are organising grassroots events around the country; and we need your help to put pressure on the politicians:

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Once you have done that, there are other ways to help:

1. Please let your friends and family know about the campaign and encourage them to write to their MP, through the StampOutStampDuty.org website.
2. Let us know if you would be interested in organising a grassroots stall letting people know about the campaign in your area.

You can download the full research showing how much people pay at different rates in different areas here.

Bristol raises glasses to ‘Cut Cider Tax’
Aug 2013 05

At the 11th Bristol Cider Festival, held in Brunel’s historic Old Station at Temple Meads, hundreds of local cider drinkers raised their glasses to our ‘Cut Cider Tax’ campaign and signed our petition calling for an end to the Cider Duty Escalator. Even the Mangled Wurzels tribute band took time out from their West Country music set to tell the crowd to sign our petition!

Earlier that day they’d heard South West TPA speaking on BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Radio Somerset. Martin Thatcher, managing director of the family-owned Thatchers cider-making company, located down the road near Weston-super-Mare, spoke out in support of the campaign. Continue Reading

Will moving Cardiff’s Traveller and Gypsy site cost taxpayers more?
Aug 2013 01

Cardiff Council, as part of its Local Development Plan (LDP), has been considering the future of Traveller and Gypsy sites in the city. The LDP is a plan for the future and is an attempt to ensure that the residents of the city have the facilities they need.

Media Wales has recently reported that the Council (after surveying the current site which has hosted Travellers and Gypsies for 40 years) has decided it is now unsuitable as it lays on a flood plain. It has been estimated that works to protect the current site with coastal defences and upgraded facilities would cost in the region of £3.8 million. Continue Reading

Travelodge expansion plans at risk from the construction tax
Jul 2013 31

The Managing Director of hotel chain Travelodge has written to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to complain about the high levels of the construction tax in London, known officially as the “Community Investment Levy”. The budget hotel boss’s remarks give a concrete example of how taxes like the Community Investment Levy are choking off growth, destroying jobs and ratcheting up the cost of living. Continue Reading

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