Re: [LandCafe] Draft Land Reform Bill
- I hope y'all don't mind. That post came through to me in a nearly illegible
format. I'm reposting it just so we can read it easily.
Quoting Gerrard Winstanley <tony@...> on 11 Sep 2004 23:08:13
What with all the talk and slow progress of land reform in Scotland I
thought it worthwhile publishing my very simple and non-legalistic ideas
for an Act of Parliament for the whole UK to bring about fundamental land
reform and the sweeping social justice that would come with the UK
population regaining free access to land to live on. This would probably
bring about a collapse on the ridiculously inflated market in houses but -
as most of that fantasy market is fictional mortgage money that would be no
bad thing, bringing about the collapse of most of the UK's private banking
Sorry to disappoint LVT fans but you'll find no reference to taxing peasants
here simply 'cos I think its a very bad idea.
Citizen's land security bill
Citizen's land security bill
September 2004 - Tony Gosling - The Land Is Ours/Ecovillage Network UK
10-12 Picton Street. Montpelier, Bristol, BS6 5QA ? 0117 944 6219
To begin the process of returning the land in the UK to the people to whom
it rightly belongs.
Given that land ? and its associated rights - is a free gift to mankind as a
whole ? not to particular individuals, this legislation will begin the
process of divesting particular individual and corporate freeholders of
title to excessive amounts of that land and distributing it fairly to
whoever amongst the poorest in the land wishes to have it
With roughly 10% of the population of the UK owning 95% of the land many
ordinary people are entirely without security ? the strain on current
housing stock means prices are spiralling out of all realistic measure of a
home's actual worth and the need for more homes is only being restrained by
a draconian development control system.
There are two historical models which will be referred to throughout this
bill, both occurring in and around the 1880s in the British Isles. Firstly
the handing over of title to land in Ireland to impoverished tenants
through a series of acts of parliament culminating in the Wyndham Acts.
Secondly the enshrining in British law the customary practices of the
Scottish crofters through the Royal Commission into the grievances of the
Crofters and the subsequent Crofting Act.
Powerful landed interests:
Human beings can be particularly nasty and graspingly territorial when it
comes to the idea of controlling or owning land. Dirty tricks and
underhanded tactics to dilute or stop such a bill progressing through to
legal enactment must be expected and allowed for. At all times it must be
explained to landowners affected by this and subsequent bills that their
land is held from the crown ? it is not their own ? and that in almost
every case has been gained historically in various unethical ways including
as a crude 'reward' for bloodshed.
Stages of the bill
1. The setting up of a land commission of 12 individuals with a proven track
record in land rights and a UK government ministry of land with the task of
ensuring that all Britain's citizens have access to land.
2. The identification by the commission of Britain's top 10 individual and
corporate landowners and the opening by the ministry of a list of
individuals in various degrees of housing need to take part in the land
resettlement programme. These individual will be prioritised by a points
system similar to that used on local authority housing lists.
3. The organising of people in the land resettlement list into clusters of
like-minded individuals and the setting up of individual workers
co-operatives using the same rules of succession and land management as in
the Crofting Acts. Each Ecovillage will contain a proportion of at least
50% of the land as collectively managed but ideally more like 90%
4. The selection by the commission of 10% of large landowners' land for
reclaiming by the crown (the current ultimate landowner) into the crown
5. The appointment by the commission of a further group of 7 experts in
Permaculture, Bioregionalism, alternative technology and low-impact land
use to divide reclaimed crown land into areas which can readily support
between 500 and 1000 people with a density of roughly ¼ acre per
individual. This 'Ecovillage commission' will designate particular areas as
'village centres' and arrange for the building of large meeting halls. They
will also clear and landscaping rail/roadways to be completed by the
6. The transfer of freehold from the crown estates to the new co-operatives
and the apportioning of interest free land ministry loans repayable over at
least 80 years to build on granted land.
The Land Is Ours - http://www.tlio.org.uk/
Ecovillage Network UK - http://www.evnuk.org.uk/ Ecovillage Network UK -