18th May 2010, 1:21pm
University of Lincoln event to fuel tax debate
University of Lincoln event to fuel tax debate The University of Lincoln is holding a free day of talks and debate about the policy of land taxation and what it could contribute to tackling the Budget deficit and crisis in the housing market.

The event is open to the public and will be of interest to those in housing, construction, real estate and local government, landowners and farmers, pressure groups and think tanks, and anyone concerned with taxation policy.

Land value taxation has ancient roots and played an important part in Liberal Party policy in the early twentieth century. There was also strong support for land value taxation within the Labour Party from its early years until just after the Second World War.

Dr Ian Packer, Reader in History at the University, said: "This event will examine how previous attempts to introduce land taxation could inform policy-making today as the new coalition government grapples with tax reform, economic recovery and wealth creation, and the lack of affordable housing.

"We are keen for interested parties from any sector to join us on the day, contributing wide-ranging viewpoints to the debate."

The symposium will feature speakers from Oxford, Reading, Sheffield Hallam and Lincoln universities, the London School of Economics and the Labour Land Campaign.

It will be at the University's Brayford campus on Monday 28 June and will run from 10.30am to 3.30pm.  For further details and to register please visit: www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/conferences
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