Author Archives: William Townsend

Opinion: Why do the government tax people on the value of their home?

View from Launceston CastleI am not a politician or economist, nor am I some great thinker of our age. I am just a normal man, single, living in rented accommodation, in a well-paid job, for my part of the world. Yet I still have to rent out my second bedroom to afford normal things like the internet, satellite TV and the occasional visit to a good restaurant. I have to pay out £830 a month just for my Council Tax, rent, petrol and energy before I even eat, let alone pay for the internet or satellite TV!

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  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 28th Nov - 12:59pm
    @ Tony Rowan - Wicks Would you really want to go on a UKIP site? Mark Reckless has already been left 'sore' after sudden 'changes'...
  • User AvatarPsi 28th Nov - 12:57pm
    JohnTilley You claim that flats will be built and left empty, well actually that can happen in the short term, funds and private investors can...
  • User Avatarnvelope2003 28th Nov - 12:57pm
    In 1989 the Greens polled 15% in the European Elections and the Liberal Democrats 6%. In the subsequent 1992 election Liberal Democrats polled 17.8 %...
  • User AvatarGP Purnell 28th Nov - 12:53pm
    Or you could just adopt a sensibly expansionist economic policy, rather than back Tory austerity and years of stagnation! That is what has led to...
  • User AvatarPsi 28th Nov - 12:38pm
    Definitely the right policy in general. Matthew Your dystopian view is not reflected in the fundamentals. You have expressed concern elsewhere on this topic that...
  • User AvatarSimon McGrath 28th Nov - 12:36pm
    @John - can you point to some evidence that there are significant numbers of homes deliberately left empty as investment s outside a few much...