Following the publication of our report A Land Value Tax for Northern Ireland (1), Dr Ronan Lyons, myself and the Chief Executive of NICVA, Seamus McAlaevey were delighted to have been asked to give evidence to the Finance and Personnel Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly on 22 October 2014.

The evidence session covers many questions relating to LVT and land taxation more widely. It begins at 9 minutes and ends at 1:01:30.

NOTE

(1) This report was commissioned by NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment. A copy of the report can be downloaded from NICVA website (together with infographic) or from my own page of LVT resources here.

Scotland has voted to remain part of the United Kingdom but Scotland will never be the same again. The energy, passion and commitment to a fairer, more equal and sustainable Scotland has reached unprecedented levels. Matters with which this blog is concerned – the democratisation of land relations, economic relations and political relations – now have a constituency far beyond that which existed a few years ago.

We live in very interesting times.

Meanwhile, the graph above, created by Robin Parker, highlights one of the underlying messages of Thursday’s vote. As I tweeted on Friday morning, it looks like the poorest & most disadvantaged of Scotland’s citizens have cried the loudest for change.

Responsibilities follow.