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Start an English Land Commission

Start an English Land Commission

Commission will design a strategy for a fairer, more inclusive system of land and land ownership.

For all the winners in a growing economy, millions of people and families are suffering the increasing housing hardship which follows from improving prospects in an area. Redistributing the unfair gains that landowners currently extract when this happens will help. Policies designed to do this should reduce the incentives to hold on to land and property and put windfall gains to public use instead. There are three ways to do this: planning obligations, taxation, and public and community ownership. 

In 2016, the Scottish Land Commission was established by the Scottish government to devise policy to increase the productivity, diversity and accountability of land and land ownership. The government should follow this lead, and establish an English Land Commission to design a strategy for a fairer, more inclusive system of land and land ownership.