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Progress being made in campaign to close second home tax loopholes

Posted on: 30th July 2018

Andrew George reports that good progress is being made in his campaign to close tax loopholes used by thousands of second home owners. The multi-million pound tax loss operates to the detriment of local families in housing need, legitimate holiday businesses, taxpayers and public services. Andrew first exposed the tax loopholes five years ago. But […]

Penzance – prospects look positive

Posted on: 29th July 2018

  People respond better to kindness and civility and not so well to unpleasantness and threats… This weekend I joined local police on patrol and performed my regular stint supporting the Penzance Street Food Project (SFP). And, you know, I came away very encouraged. The prospects for Penzance remain very positive if those who speak […]

Campaign to close the tax loophole

Posted on: 5th July 2018

We can celebrate further progress in my campaign to close the tax loophole used by thousands of second home owners to the detriment of families in housing need, legitimate holiday businesses, taxpayers and public services. I launched the campaign in 2013 when I first exposed the tax loophole. But the Conservatives refused to close it. […]

Conservatives congratulated for finally admitting their policies have granted multi-million tax-dodge to wealthy second homers

Posted on: 26th June 2018

Prospective Liberal Democrat MP, Andrew George has welcomed signs that Conservatives now admit that their policies have been granting an “industrial-scale tax-dodge” for thousands of wealthy second homers. Mr George said, “Of course it’s embarrassing for the Conservatives. But we should at least congratulate them for finally admitting that their policies represent a shocking tax […]

Young voter apathy is great news for the well-heeled establishment

Posted on: 26th June 2018

Attending Mounts Bay Academy’s assembly this morning I told students that the well-heeled establishment is very content with young voter apathy. “The conservative establishment don’t want you to take an interest in politics. They don’t want you to vote. Because if you do… if you do… they’d have to take notice of you. Rather than […]

National Park for Cornwall? Yes please

Posted on: 7th June 2018

I would support the case being made for a National Park for Cornwall. The Government’s relaxation of planning controls is harming our environment. The planning system is fuelled by greed rather than by need. Weak planning simply means we get more of what we don’t want and less of what we need. I work to […]

“Shameful cuts will punish the low paid”

Posted on: 9th April 2018

The cloak of worrying news on Syria, Salisbury poisoning, Brexit etc is successfully used to bury the impact of the Government’s latest round of shameful cuts. Some workers estimate they’ll suffer a 25% loss from Universal Credit changes. Meaning some may have to give up work. Others could lose their homes through changes in support […]

Housing need before developers’ greed

Posted on: 14th March 2018

So when Theresa May owned up to spending her youth ‘running through fields of wheat’, perhaps she was still being economical with the truth? It seems she may have been sizing up those fields as future building plots…judging by her statement this week on housing and planning! But the PM is right. There’s a housing […]

Industrial-scale tax avoidance and political influence by second homers must be stopped

Posted on: 19th January 2018

Former MP and housing campaigner, Andrew George, (who led the campaign to get rid of the Council Tax subsidy for second home owners nearly twenty years ago) is calling on Cornwall Council and the Government to clamp down on what he calls “industrial scale tax avoidance” and “preferential electoral influence” by second home owners in […]

Petition: George pledges to scrap “Bedroom Tax” in next Parliament

Posted on: 25th March 2015

Andrew George, MP for West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, yesterday presented a petition signed by over one thousand constituents to Parliament to protest against David Cameron’s block of his Private Members Bill to scrap the “Bedroom Tax”. He said he was determined to get it through in the next Parliament. On presenting the […]