1– House prices rarely go up, it is the land they are built on increases in value, the housing crisis is a land crisis.
2- 69% of Britain is owned by less than 1% of the population.
3 –A third of the UK is owned by the aristocracy.
4– House prices rarely go up, it is the land they are built on increases in value, the housing crisis is a land crisis.
5– Over £3 billion of public money is given out every year in farming subsidies, most of this money goes to people who already have huge amounts of money, be it capital or property assets.
6 – Much of the £3 billion given out to farm subsidies, does not go to producing food, but things like racing and grouse shooting
7- It should not matter what or how much one owns, it`s what you do with it that matters.Governments seem to value property then tax you on it. In order to allow more young people to get into farming, we should encourage tenant farming, rents based on income, not land values.
8 – As the UK comes out of the European Union, there should be more capital available to help our own food producers produce quality meats and dairy products, and health and wellbeing of livestock should be of a high standard.
Agriculture and Food Security & IMMIGRATION
We should be taking advantage of the technology we have, work less, job share, have time for other people, not cut our military services, but employ personnel under the armed forces manner, to go out where there is a need to help make countries become better places so people don’t want to leave their homeland.
People are moving to Europe to get a better life; drought and conflict are creating this issue, but, by moving to Europe, will make Europe unable to cope with the extra people. Food and water will run out, and services will collapse, then Europe will become the same as the African lands. We should look at making the continent of Africa a wonderful place, it could be done.
It is said that a third of the world`s population goes to bed hungry. With the global population now 7 billion, it is estimated it will be 9 billion in twenty years. If we don’t act on pollution and the environment, the population could quickly go down to five billion with mass famine and disease.
British farms will be unable to continue in food production, the countryside will become bramble and rabbits. When wages and values rise in Eastern Europe, food in West Europe will become expensive, and the people will say; why don’t we grow food here? But there won’t be anyone left to grow it.
One solution is to create small farms that one can enjoy and create employment. Instead of paying set aside or countryside stewardship, the money could be used to help create new local produce i.e. cheese, a smokery, cutting room for meat, bakery, local pies etc. Local milk dairy and egg suppliers, free-range poultry for egg and meats, fruit storage, freezers for storage, energy crops should be grown.
It would be better for 10 farmers to have 40 cows each than to have one farmer with a few hundred. Animals would have better care and attention.
Farmers who have no charge on their land are paying high rents for short term lettings so the price is spread over the whole. If they were paying a yearly charge they may not be so keen. The young farmer can’t bid on fair ground. In order to encourage more family farms, we should introduce a land tax. The following table suggests a guideline as to rental value; English rate:
- Grade One – £50 per acre
- Grade Two – £40 per acre
- Grade Three – £30 per acre
- Grade Four – £20 per acre
Therefore if one inherited a farm one would only pay tax equivalent of rental value and this could be paid annually into the National Fund. For example, if one inherited Grade Three land the following table would apply:-
- 1-100 acres – no tax
- 101-200 acres – 50% of rental value i.e. 200 acres = £3,000 p.a.
- 201-300 acres – 50% of rental value i.e. 300 acres = £4,500 p.a.
- over 300 acres – 100% of rental value
Where land is let, no tax should be payable.
This would prevent multi-nationals from purchasing and controlling large estates. They could own but become the landlord. Rents would have to be within income from produce, anyone buying new land would have all subsidies stopped.
Money the UK spends on the EU could be used to help young people into farming, by means of free loans etc.
In order to keep a policy for food security, we need to make producing food a paying enterprise. We would not then need to consider GM crops. Council owned farms should be transferred to a farming company to stop councils being able to sell them off. Some large farm holdings could also be transferred to the company as an alternative to inheritance tax.
There are too many speculators in forward buying of food and land investors. A new concept is needed for land use.
We are spending £24 billion a year on housing benefits, £34 billion on helping first-time buyers to get on the housing ladder, all this could be stopped, and we pay £34 million a day net, into the European Union, this money would be better spent at home.