Review of Draft Constitution

A small team of Scots are currently reviewing a draft of a Provisional Constitution for Scotland, which will be available in a form suitable for online consultation later this year.

In response to the political awakening in Scotland and the many changes that have and are occurring recently the Draft Constitution that was written to meet the aspirations prior to 2013 is now being redrafted as a Guide for a Provisional Constitution for Sovereign Scotland.

The redrafted guide will be published online as a CONSULTATIVE document later this year. It is expected that it will be taken apart word by word, examined and rebuilt by everyone with an interest in the shaping of an independent self-governing Scotland. It is a framework that is meant to be controversial and thought provoking.

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Annual Ground Rent (AGR) - Simple and Fair

The Value of land is a combination of the natural resources provided free by nature and the value of services generated by society.

This "Public Value" has been diverted and retained by landowners for their own benefit. This "Public Value" has a rental value and it is proposed that a revenue system termed "Annual Ground Rent" be applied to regain a portion of the "Public Value" to share with society in general.

"Annual Ground Rent" to replace Council Tax plus a 3 pence in the £ reduction in Income Tax.

SEE THE ATTACHED ARTICLE ON AGR.

PAPER ONE ILLUSTRATES APPLYING ANNUAL GROUND RENT BASED ON A RATE PER SQUARE METRE.

PAPER TWO ILLUSTRATES APPLYING ANNUAL GROUND RENT USING A FIXED PERCENTATE OF GROUND VALUATION.

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ATCOR Principle to Fund Government Spending

The ATCOR principle - All Taxes Come Out of Land Rent.

The current systems of taxation are regressive and penalise those who work and create wealth through their own labour and endeavors. It is time to consider alternative methods that reward not stifle work output. Many countries, in Europe and elsewhere, have switched to alternatives such as Land Value Rating, Flat Tax and other systems of funding government services. It is timely for Scotland to re-evaluate and join the 21st century. 

Replacing Council Tax, Business Rates and progressively replacing Income Tax, VAT and Capital Gains Tax with Site Valuation Rating (Land Rent) is Scotland's best chance of escaping from the boom/bust property cycle and into a full employment economy.Blogger

The way to raise revenue without distorting incentives to work, save and invest is to fund public services out of land rents. these reflect the value of services provided by nature and by society. See attachment two.

WHAT WINSTON CHURCHILL SAID ABOUT LAND AND TAXES

In a speech in Edinburgh on July 17, 1909, Winston Churchill offered the following observations about taxation and the unique qualities of rent as the source of funds to pay for public services: See attachment three

Land Reform In Scotland

Understanding what land reform can do for Scotland involves first of all understanding what land reform is actually about.

Contrary to how it is often portrayed; it is not a process concerning only community landownership or farming tenants or indeed rural Scotland. It is in fact a process of reforming the legal, fiscal and administrative framework governing all land in Scotland. It is about how land is owned, occupied, taxed, inherited, and used from the centre of Glasgow to the island of Rockall in the North Atlantic.

See attachment from Andy Wightman.