The Big Issue – August 05, 2019

(Kiana) #1

Taxing issue


Thankyouformentioningthe
“pressureontheUKgovernmentto
scrap thefive percent tax paidon
sanitaryprotection”[July29-August
4].However,itisinaccuratetosay
thisis an“EU tax”. Thereis zero VAT
onsanitary towels andtamponsin
Ireland. Irelandisinthe European
Union. The tax you payis set by your
nationalgovernment. The EUdoesnot
directly set tax rates,orcollect taxes.
ThereareEUsingle-marketrules
that affect thingslike VAT. To make
furtherVAT exemptions youneedto
negotiateattheEuropeanlevelas
wellandthatcantake time. Please
seetheEuropeanCommission’spage
called“Topics of the EuropeanUnion



  • Taxation” oneuropa.eu,and“The
    EuropeanUnionexplained– Taxation”
    fromthe EU Publications Office.
    Phil Jones, High Wycombe


Cash grab


Whatgoodis “aspiration” for society
whenthisisclearly being usedto
describe wanting to elevate yourself
to the elite andhoardwealth to the
detriment andexploitationof thevast
majority of people. CorbynandLabour
arenot hardleft,but evenif they
were,stopping aspirationfor ordinary
people to become millionaires and
billionairesisn’t a badthing,nobody
shouldownthat much wealth. That
much wealthisimpossible to “earn” or
deserve. It’s fuelledby exploiting the
poor andstealing the profit of their
labourandpretending you earned
it because you had“aspiration” and
workedhard,like your employees
aren’t working just as hardor harder.
Wealthisfinite,it shouldbe shared
outmoreequally.
Michael Short, Facebook


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@JMAckroyd
Neednot just ending R to Buy &
buildCo Housing,inEng tourist areas
homessnappedup 2 be usedas Hol
HomeBiz. Govtconsultedonthese
payingneither C Tax or Biz Rateslast year
but stillno announcement. Increasing
houseprices & reducing private lets
#investments#Unfair

@shortthought
Theplanningprocessisn’tpro
supply,it’s prolandcontrol. Unless wefix
planning,placemaking & permissions, we
can’tsolvethe#housingcrisis.

@hope4newham
Thank you #MrGeorgeClarke for
raisingawarenessofthegovernment’s
failure to provide for the people

@ChaptersStaffor
Whendidweloseour humanity?
Governmentsshouldhavearobusthousing
policysopeoplecanbuild communities.

@Soupelina
The AddisonAct was revolutionary
becauseit was the health minister Dr
ChristopherAddison–not the housing
minister – who saidthat truly affordable,
state-built,well- maintainedhomes
wouldbe the staple of a modernand
new society,providing housing for those
mostinneed. The picturedschemein
East Dulwichis amazing andwellworth
realestateenvy. Built up ona hillit has,
andgives,greatviews. Like a big pyramid.
Build more of them.

@Campion_School
Importantreading for our
#geographystudents. Important
considerations too for allwho are
interestedincurrent socialissues
including #SocialHousing. Recommended
reading todevelop your thinking.

@Heidi_LDN[DeputyLondon
MayorforTransport]
I’vealways beena fanof @
MrGeorgeClarke –now I’m totally sold.
How any politiciancouldfailto see the
blindingly obvious sense ofinvestingin
socialhousingis beyondme. Really hope
thiscampaignmakesadifference.

@EOBroin[SinnFein TD]
BRAVO!!!@MrGeorgeClarke
playing a blinder on@Channel4 Council
Housing Scandal. It’s time tocelebratethe
success of publichousinginthe past &
rekindle that scale &visionfor the present
& future.#CouncilHousing

@lnrmoss
Ilived[in]thebattleshipestate.I
nowliveontheProgressEstate,another
fantasticarchitecturalachievementbuiltin
just10monthsin1915to housetheinfluxof
RoyalArsenalworkers.Great petition!

@nick_raine
The right to a homeshouldbe a
fundamentalright. The markethas failed
to provide adequateaffordable #housing
fordecades as successive governments
have abdicatedtheir responsibilities and
ignored the cost to our citizens.

PresenterGeorgeClarkehasa boldplantorebuildBritain.He’s
furiousthatwe’vegonebackwardsfromthepioneeringand
visionary social housing of a century ago. Some of you are too...

@MrGeorgeClarke
Thanks@BigIssueand
@adey70foryouramazingsupport
for my #CouncilHouse100 campaign.

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