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Second Homes March

Second and holiday homes in Cornwall

Posted on: 6th December 2018

Second and holiday homes in Cornwall will avoid paying nearly £100 million in tax this year. That’s my conclusion after analysing the latest stats I’d gathered on second home ownership. Nearly 7,000 homes which opt to pay business rates rather than higher Council tax have successfully applied for full rebate. A tax subsidy of £12.6 […]

Second Homes March

4,250+ elderly/disabled people in Cornwall could get daily care support if second homes tax loopholes are stopped

Posted on: 3rd December 2018

Housing campaigner Andrew George has revealed new figures which indicate that tax advantages worth nearly £100 million will be granted to second and holiday homes in Cornwall this year. Of that £12.7 million is paid by Cornwall(1) to compensate second homers who use a business rate loophole. He further estimated that other tax loopholes/advantages available […]

Second Homes March

Pat yourselves on the back!

Posted on: 9th November 2018

Pat yourselves on the back! Our campaign for a fairer housing market has forced a partial Government back down. Cornwall and the Scillies has been at the forefront of our campaign to highlight the industrial level (though lawful) tax avoidance going on in the second home sector. Growing numbers of second home investors have been […]

Please talk to me Labour, if you want second homes clamp-down to work – George

Posted on: 24th September 2018

Welcoming the Labour Party’s apparent new-found support for measures to clamp down on second homes, leading campaigner for the Liberal Democrats, Andrew George, said he’d be pleased to speak to them to help turn their aspirations into effective policy. Mr George, who successfully led the campaign to remove the 50% Council Tax discount for second […]

Liberal Democrats must lead effort to control Second Homes

Posted on: 17th September 2018

Homes for locals campaigner, Andrew George – who successfully led the campaign to remove the Council Tax subsidy for second homes – will tell the Liberal Democrats Conference in Brighton that the Party must drive the campaign to clamp-down on the wide and much flaunted tax avoidance opportunities for second home owners. He will move […]

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 […]