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Practical Politics No. 204 - April 2013 Practical Politics No. 204 - April 2013

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In this issue we talk about what the 2-year postponement of the NNDR/UBR re-valuation means. We also briefly discuss the new Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR). Falling retail property values have been seen across the country and a dubious rate relief avoidance tactic has essentially been legalised.

We reveal property snippets on Soho with a "surge in office-to-residential conversions" as well the significance of location using examples from Dublin, Plainstow, and Brighton.

Finally we discuss the exploration for mineral rich nodules on the pacific ocean floor by the company UK Seabed Resources.

Practical Politics No. 203 - March 2013 Practical Politics No. 203 - March 2013

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WASTED TIME, WASTED OPPORTUNITY, WASTING NATION

Little that was new in this month's Budget was of any great moment or especially surprising.

It was greeted by the Opposition, the Government's supporters, the media's experts, and the majority of the general public (who know the technique of 'left-hand pocket to right-hand pocket' well enough by now), with, respectively, ritual indignation, eager congratulation, earnest poking through the entrails, and scarcely ruffled resignation and boredom.

Among the various measures, we cite the blocking of a loophole in the inheritance tax laws to catch 'aggressive avoidance' by use of dubious debts designed to reduce the value of a business or agricultural estate's assets

Practical Politics No. 202 - January 2013 Practical Politics No. 202 - January 2013

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INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructure is being widely touted as the way out of this slump. The Government, however, already finds itself struggling to hold down the budget deficit and cut back on public sector spending, and is not looking for ways of disbursing more money right now, even though there are pot holes in the roads and ruts and cracks on the pavements that demand urgent and better-quality attention. Transport offers almost limitless opportunities for the improvement of road, rail, and air facilities. Where the private sector does have the means, it has little incentive to take on risk in the short term. Why is this so? Why is construction languishing? The answer, all too often, is that there is little profit in it. Bridge a water course to connect two communities – where is the income to come from to pay for the work? Tolls are unpopular.
Build or improve a road – who pays? Tolls are unpopular and rarely applied.
Build or improve a railway line – who pays? Probably receipts from the fare box barely cover train operating costs. What is there to entice private companies to rush in and build? If subsidy is the answer, forget it in a time of austerity – and why should subsidy be needed anyway?

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