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Council Spending – The price of taking pride

As part of a focus on wasteful spending in Croydon, Mike Swadling has written in the Croydon Citizen about the council’s ‘Cultural Growth Fund‘.

Comments on the Croydon Citizen Facebook page make interesting reading and highlight council spending on BoxPark.

Raising taxes = less revenue

From our Friends at the TaxPayers’ Allaince….

On Saturday The Times reported that the stamp duty increases brought in by former chancellor George Osborne have resulted in a decrease in stamp duty revenue.

According to The Times: “The tax raised £1.999 billion in the third quarter of 2015, before Mr Osborne introduced an additional 3 per cent surcharge for second home-buyers and landlords.
“Receipts were even lower in the first quarter of this year, at £1.883 billion. Receipts peaked at £2.61 billion in the third quarter of last year, according to the HMRC figures.”

The TaxPayers’ Alliance has long campaigned for the abolition of stamp duty. We first suggested it in 2012 as part of the 2020 Tax Commission report. Reforms we called for in 2014 reduced the burden on hard-pressed taxpayers, but failed to end the damage caused by stamp duty.

It is clear that stamp duty is a hindrance to many buyers and the government needs to reconsider its position and make positive changes to benefit the housing market. As data from the United States shows, tax cuts have resulted in significant investment by business and wage rises for workers. When income and corporation tax were reduced in the UK, revenues increased by 37 and 25 per cent respectively.

Put simply, tax cuts can help grow the economy and bring in greater revenue to pay for world class public services.

TaxPayers’ Alliance Public meeting

Tuesday 31st July saw Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign Manager from the TaxPayers’ Alliance at out meeting in Purley #Croydon. Great discussion on tax and government waste. We also spoke about waste at Croydon Council. Photos and video below.

Join us at the TPA street stall Saturday 18th August 10am – 1:30pm. Near the junction of High Street and George Street Croydon.

Find out more about the TPA at www.taxpayersalliance.com.

 

Battling over Brexit in Croydon – Croydon Citizen Article

Max Shirley writes in the Croydon Ciziten with a local look at Brexit.
ers plan. Opposing views from Peter Underwood and Mike Swadling are covered in the article online at https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/battling-brexit/.

Keep involved at lets ensure democracy is honored and fully Leave the EU.

Leavers of London in Croydon

Leavers of London came to Croydon on Tuesday 17th July at the Green Dragon Pub. A great night meeting up with likeminded people from across our town, across London and as far away as Torquay!

Lucy Harris the group’s founder spoke about the group and the guest appearance from her famous bag. Hugh Bennett also gave us an update on the Chequers plan.

Register here to find out details of regular Leavers of London events, and here for future Brexit and Classical Liberal events from in and around Croydon.

Photos from the night:

For the sake of democracy, please DON’T vote

In a thought provoking article Hoong-Wai writes who he believes “voting without being sufficiently aware of what policies and personalities you are supporting, you only contribute to the electoral noise.”  https://hoongwai1984.wordpress.com/2018/06/20/for-the-sake-of-democracy-please-dont-vote/