The Common Weal Policy Podcast – Episode #76

date: 08/03/2021

Episode 76 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast

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This week, Jonathon Shafi and Craig Dalzell introduce Common Weal’s latest Policy Paper – A Property Tax for Scotland. Our proposal to replace the outdated and unfair Council Tax with a tax based on the actual value of land and buildings.

This tax would scrap the banding system and the bizarre method of calculating which house goes into which band and replace it with a tax that is simply calculated based on a percentage of the market value of the property with a rate of 0.63% being calculated as one that raises the same revenue as the current Council Tax does.

They also discuss how this paper would link into Common Weal’s broader work on improving housing such as our plans for Rent Controls, Social Housing Building, Land Value Capture and more.

Craig also pays tribute to Bill Austin who passed away last week. Bill co-wrote Common Weal’s paper on customs and borders in an independent Scotland and was a guest on the podcast in 2020.

Common Weal’s work is only possible thanks to our generous supporters who regularly donate an average of £10 per month. If you would like to help us build our vision of an All of Us First Scotland, you can do so here: https://commonweal.scot/about/donate

The Policy Podcast would like to discuss all of Common Weal’s policy papers in detail over the next several months so if there are any papers that you would like to see covered sooner rather than later, send your suggestions in to craig@common.scot

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