Abstracts: March 18th, 2004

This paper is a response from the Local Government Association to Kate Barker’s report on housing supply. Publication of the Barker report provides an opportunity to take a fresh look at how charges on land development can be paid locally so that community services don’t bear the burden unaided. New development puts pressure on roads, schools, health and other local facilities and the Association wants to see money from the increase in land value ploughed back into these services. It outlines radical plans to overhaul the way money from new building projects is collected and distributed. It argues that tax on profits from new development should be ploughed directly into local communities.Published by the Local Government Association http://www.lga.gov.uk