15 Ways to Make the Budget FREER

  • Allow local areas to establish free ports
  • Give freedom to local councils to compete on tax policies
  • Completely recouple local revenue-raising and spending powers
  • Abolish centralised controls on council tax and business rates
  • Cut stamp duty, and set up a royal commission to look into replacing property taxes with a land value tax
  • Free up land for development within a half-mile radius of all stations, in a move towards complete liberalisation of planning regulations
  • Establish a ‘green land guarantee’ to protect genuinely environmentally-valuable land
  • Set a government departmental target of making a 1 per cent efficiency saving using new technologies
  • Abolish Public Health England
  • Abolish the sugar tax
  • Cut duty on alcohol
  • Introduce means-testing for winter fuel allowance, bus travel, and TV licences
  • Increase capital allowance
  • Cut corporation tax
  • Scrap the apprenticeship levy, and focus on increased flexibility

Rebecca Lowe, Director of FREER


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