Legalisation and control of all drugs

If drugs were legalised and controlled by the government as alcohol is nowadays this would open up an increased revenue for the state and could help deal with Britain's debt and help with other public services. It would also take off 99% of all drug dealers off the street and it would mean clean and controlled substances would be made available. In addition to this, it would take away a lot of the glamour and mystery surrounding drugs and stop several people from ever getting involved. Controlled drugs mean a certain quality and quantity for sale can and should be fixed. A place to consume these drugs should also be designated and ensure anyone breaking these laws should be punished with a heavy fine. No child should be subjected to narcotics until they reach adulthood breaking this boundary should incur heavy fines and the like. Also people who pose a risk for others eg: those with mental health problems should not be sold narcotics. Changing the law would mean police time could be better spent tracking down dangerous criminals and deal with actual problems instead of a few kids smoking cannabis in a park. Although this is very brief and not incredibly accurate. The evidence is out there already and has been since the start of this war on drugs. I should not need to state the full case by myself.

Why is this idea important?

If drugs were legalised and controlled by the government as alcohol is nowadays this would open up an increased revenue for the state and could help deal with Britain's debt and help with other public services. It would also take off 99% of all drug dealers off the street and it would mean clean and controlled substances would be made available. In addition to this, it would take away a lot of the glamour and mystery surrounding drugs and stop several people from ever getting involved. Controlled drugs mean a certain quality and quantity for sale can and should be fixed. A place to consume these drugs should also be designated and ensure anyone breaking these laws should be punished with a heavy fine. No child should be subjected to narcotics until they reach adulthood breaking this boundary should incur heavy fines and the like. Also people who pose a risk for others eg: those with mental health problems should not be sold narcotics. Changing the law would mean police time could be better spent tracking down dangerous criminals and deal with actual problems instead of a few kids smoking cannabis in a park. Although this is very brief and not incredibly accurate. The evidence is out there already and has been since the start of this war on drugs. I should not need to state the full case by myself.

Home Information Pack (HIP) compensation

People who paid for a HIP, sometimes costing more than £500, between putting their house up for sale and HIPs being abandoned by the present Government, should have some or all of the cost refunded by the Government.

Why is this idea important?

People who paid for a HIP, sometimes costing more than £500, between putting their house up for sale and HIPs being abandoned by the present Government, should have some or all of the cost refunded by the Government.

Carer’s Allowance taxation

The Carer's Allowance is paid to people who voluntarily give up the opportunity to work and so should NOT BE TAXED. At little more than £1 per hour it causes great hardship and it is ridiculous to penalise further those who relieve the State of its caring responsibility in this way.

 

In addition, many carers can work from home while still caring, and should be allowed to earn as much as they can, without being taxed, up to the normal income tax threshold, and should not have to declare income and expenditure.

Why is this idea important?

The Carer's Allowance is paid to people who voluntarily give up the opportunity to work and so should NOT BE TAXED. At little more than £1 per hour it causes great hardship and it is ridiculous to penalise further those who relieve the State of its caring responsibility in this way.

 

In addition, many carers can work from home while still caring, and should be allowed to earn as much as they can, without being taxed, up to the normal income tax threshold, and should not have to declare income and expenditure.

Tax evasion

Instead of offering us gimmicky ideas like this website, why doesn't Nick Clegg honour his election pledge to crack down on tax evasion. This is costing us around £7 billion pouns a year in lost revenue.,  Laws which are on the statute book should be properly implemented before puttting this smoke screen in place.

Why is this idea important?

Instead of offering us gimmicky ideas like this website, why doesn't Nick Clegg honour his election pledge to crack down on tax evasion. This is costing us around £7 billion pouns a year in lost revenue.,  Laws which are on the statute book should be properly implemented before puttting this smoke screen in place.

Expenses Taxation (IR480)

One aspect of the recent MP expenses scandal that was not highlighted is the difference in treatment of MP's expenses versus those of us who pay their expenses under IR480.

If I work away from home, or as soon as I know that this will be the case, my travel, accommodation and other expenses become taxable under IR480.  MP's seem to be totally exempt from this rule.

IR480 seems to be in the same vein as IR35 in assuming that we are all "at it" in avoiding tax when in fact all it does is serve to increase the cost of the services that companies and individuals provide in the UK economy.

In a similar vein I am not allowed to "entertain" my customers on pre tax income and neither am I permitted to provide them with a christmas gift of alcohol should I choose.

In government however MP's and ministers regularly entertain all and sundry out of the public purse and in far more lavish circumstances, that I have contributed towards providing, than I can afford.

Let's have some equality !

Oh and a drugs and alcohol policy in the Houses of Parliament should be used to remove subsidised alcohol from the menu of the MP's works canteen !

Why is this idea important?

One aspect of the recent MP expenses scandal that was not highlighted is the difference in treatment of MP's expenses versus those of us who pay their expenses under IR480.

If I work away from home, or as soon as I know that this will be the case, my travel, accommodation and other expenses become taxable under IR480.  MP's seem to be totally exempt from this rule.

IR480 seems to be in the same vein as IR35 in assuming that we are all "at it" in avoiding tax when in fact all it does is serve to increase the cost of the services that companies and individuals provide in the UK economy.

In a similar vein I am not allowed to "entertain" my customers on pre tax income and neither am I permitted to provide them with a christmas gift of alcohol should I choose.

In government however MP's and ministers regularly entertain all and sundry out of the public purse and in far more lavish circumstances, that I have contributed towards providing, than I can afford.

Let's have some equality !

Oh and a drugs and alcohol policy in the Houses of Parliament should be used to remove subsidised alcohol from the menu of the MP's works canteen !

Abolish the SORN system

Remove the requirement to declare a vehicle off the road every 12 months (SORN declaration).  Any vehicle which is not currently taxed should be assumed to be SORN removing an administrative burden from both the motorist and the DVLA.  It would remain an offence to use a vehicle that was untaxed.

Why is this idea important?

Remove the requirement to declare a vehicle off the road every 12 months (SORN declaration).  Any vehicle which is not currently taxed should be assumed to be SORN removing an administrative burden from both the motorist and the DVLA.  It would remain an offence to use a vehicle that was untaxed.

Legalise and Tax Cannabis

Decriminalise Cannabis and Tax it – its an easy surefire way to get in lots of revenue money very quickly.

Sell ordinary people a license to grow a limited amount of plants for their own consumption.

Why is this idea important?

Decriminalise Cannabis and Tax it – its an easy surefire way to get in lots of revenue money very quickly.

Sell ordinary people a license to grow a limited amount of plants for their own consumption.

Scrap ‘tax on account’ robbery of small businesses

The current tax situation for the self-employed & small businesses, whereby they are required to pay half the coming year's tax in advance 'on account', is completely unnaccepatable & counter productive to business growth.
Imagine if employees were told they had to pay half of the next year's tax in advance in addition to their existing tax burden? There would be rioting in the streets!
It's impossible in a recession to predict the coming year's earnings & totally unrealistic for HMRC to 'assume' you will earn the same amount in the coming year.
This is daylight robbery & must be stopped. You are allowed to put in a 'lower estimate' (with yet more additional form filling) but if this estimate is wrong you are then penalised with interest!
How can this be conducive to small business confidence & growth? Businesses are living in a state of perpetual financial anxiety & this has been the last straw.
Come on Coalition….scrap this totally unfair burden & prove you have small business' interests at heart, unlike the last Labour government.

Why is this idea important?

The current tax situation for the self-employed & small businesses, whereby they are required to pay half the coming year's tax in advance 'on account', is completely unnaccepatable & counter productive to business growth.
Imagine if employees were told they had to pay half of the next year's tax in advance in addition to their existing tax burden? There would be rioting in the streets!
It's impossible in a recession to predict the coming year's earnings & totally unrealistic for HMRC to 'assume' you will earn the same amount in the coming year.
This is daylight robbery & must be stopped. You are allowed to put in a 'lower estimate' (with yet more additional form filling) but if this estimate is wrong you are then penalised with interest!
How can this be conducive to small business confidence & growth? Businesses are living in a state of perpetual financial anxiety & this has been the last straw.
Come on Coalition….scrap this totally unfair burden & prove you have small business' interests at heart, unlike the last Labour government.

Stop Road Tax

Remove road tax and add the necessary revenue shortfall to petrol duty.

Benefits:

– Petrol is naturally 'progressive' (to use this weeks popular token).

– We will be able to remove the departments that currently manage the road tax process including the road tax evasion group (and their spy vans).

– We will reduce the overhead on the police

– We will be able to stop the very unadvisable adverts that talk about crushing people's property (not a good example for the state to set).

– Lets face it, in today's digital world sticking a bit of paper on your car is very dated. We can already chack insurance and MOT compliance on-line so it adds no value there either.

Finally, petrol station receipts need to show the petrol cost and the break down of duties paid. This will add transparency any allow us to keep an eye on the government's expenditure. All very healthy.

Lets just do it.

Why is this idea important?

Remove road tax and add the necessary revenue shortfall to petrol duty.

Benefits:

– Petrol is naturally 'progressive' (to use this weeks popular token).

– We will be able to remove the departments that currently manage the road tax process including the road tax evasion group (and their spy vans).

– We will reduce the overhead on the police

– We will be able to stop the very unadvisable adverts that talk about crushing people's property (not a good example for the state to set).

– Lets face it, in today's digital world sticking a bit of paper on your car is very dated. We can already chack insurance and MOT compliance on-line so it adds no value there either.

Finally, petrol station receipts need to show the petrol cost and the break down of duties paid. This will add transparency any allow us to keep an eye on the government's expenditure. All very healthy.

Lets just do it.

Make the Tax System Simpler!

I don't understand why the tax system has to be so complicated, you have income tax, council tax, national insurance contributions as well as tons more "direct" & "indirect" taxes. Whilst HMRC has done a great job with their new self assesment online system it still is far to complicated, especially for those of us with small businesses.

Why is this idea important?

I don't understand why the tax system has to be so complicated, you have income tax, council tax, national insurance contributions as well as tons more "direct" & "indirect" taxes. Whilst HMRC has done a great job with their new self assesment online system it still is far to complicated, especially for those of us with small businesses.

Remove need to display road tax disc

Remove the offence of failure to display road tax disc.  The DVLA has a record of vehicle tax anyway – so should automatically inform police of unpaid tax anyway.  Would reduce enforcment costs.

Why is this idea important?

Remove the offence of failure to display road tax disc.  The DVLA has a record of vehicle tax anyway – so should automatically inform police of unpaid tax anyway.  Would reduce enforcment costs.

Private expenses paid to replace state expenses to be tax deductable.

If an individual chooses to replace the (inadequate) service provided by the state via tax payments out of their own pocket then these costs should be tax deductable.

For example if you pay for private healthcare or education then these costs should be recoverable from the state as in effect you have paid for the service twice. Once to the state via tax (which presumably has not provided the level of service paid for) and then once again through the private payment.

This is papably unfair.

Why is this idea important?

If an individual chooses to replace the (inadequate) service provided by the state via tax payments out of their own pocket then these costs should be tax deductable.

For example if you pay for private healthcare or education then these costs should be recoverable from the state as in effect you have paid for the service twice. Once to the state via tax (which presumably has not provided the level of service paid for) and then once again through the private payment.

This is papably unfair.

Scrap Tax Exempt Status for Religion

Currently, money made by religions does not have tax. This is wrong. It is quite clear that some religions are run like businesses, and that this tax-exempt status merely helps rob the country and put more money into the hands of the rich.

The Archbishop of Canterbury lives in a palace, and owns two other homes. It is clearly wrong that he should have bought these homes with money that was tax-less.

We need to be secular, and stop pandering to religions.

Why is this idea important?

Currently, money made by religions does not have tax. This is wrong. It is quite clear that some religions are run like businesses, and that this tax-exempt status merely helps rob the country and put more money into the hands of the rich.

The Archbishop of Canterbury lives in a palace, and owns two other homes. It is clearly wrong that he should have bought these homes with money that was tax-less.

We need to be secular, and stop pandering to religions.

Remove the thresholds for Stamp Duty on property sales (SDLT)

Remove the thresholds for Stamp Duty on property sales (SDLT) and replace with a single rate for all.

I've always thought that the stepped increase in stamp duty is unfair and I have personal experience of where this causes problems. 

At present there are thresholds at £125k, £250k and £500k, and also an initiative for first time buyers (up to £250k).

Problems are caused for both buyers and sellers for property sales around the threshold point and it is also unfair as the fixed thresholds do not take account of differing proprrty prices around the country.

For example buying a house for £250k (less a penny) will mean a 1% duty = £2.5k, but buying a house for £275k will mean a 3% duty = £8.25k.

This is a huge difference for what is really just the next step along the pricing ladder.

If tax is to be made from property sales, a fair system will be to have a single rate for all.

Why is this idea important?

Remove the thresholds for Stamp Duty on property sales (SDLT) and replace with a single rate for all.

I've always thought that the stepped increase in stamp duty is unfair and I have personal experience of where this causes problems. 

At present there are thresholds at £125k, £250k and £500k, and also an initiative for first time buyers (up to £250k).

Problems are caused for both buyers and sellers for property sales around the threshold point and it is also unfair as the fixed thresholds do not take account of differing proprrty prices around the country.

For example buying a house for £250k (less a penny) will mean a 1% duty = £2.5k, but buying a house for £275k will mean a 3% duty = £8.25k.

This is a huge difference for what is really just the next step along the pricing ladder.

If tax is to be made from property sales, a fair system will be to have a single rate for all.

Abolish Chancel Tax (Steeple Tax) Liability

An archaic law dating back to Henry VIII allow the church to demand homeowners pay for repairs of their local church if their home is built on land that at some distant time belonged to the church.

This law was recently enforced (2008) on a couple (the Wallbanks) who had to pay the church 200k for repairs of St John the Baptist church near Stratford upon Avon.  They challenged this in many courts at various levels, spending thousands on legal bills, but ultimately could not overturn the decision. 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2008/dec/08/church-of-england

Clearly this archaic law is still dangerous and enforcable.  Incredibly the church does not even have to spread the charge evenly across homeowners on the affected land.

This problem clearly infringes the moral rights of thousands of people in the UK.  Solicitors often spot this liability during the purchase/conveyancing process.  They have to pay for a "search" to check for it – guess who runs the search, the church – a nice earner – and what's more the search results are non-binding "you probably will/won't have to pay…".   The hapless homeowner is then forced to take out around 100 of insurance just incase the church sues them at some point due to this Chancel Liability.

I propose this law be scrapped.

Why is this idea important?

An archaic law dating back to Henry VIII allow the church to demand homeowners pay for repairs of their local church if their home is built on land that at some distant time belonged to the church.

This law was recently enforced (2008) on a couple (the Wallbanks) who had to pay the church 200k for repairs of St John the Baptist church near Stratford upon Avon.  They challenged this in many courts at various levels, spending thousands on legal bills, but ultimately could not overturn the decision. 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2008/dec/08/church-of-england

Clearly this archaic law is still dangerous and enforcable.  Incredibly the church does not even have to spread the charge evenly across homeowners on the affected land.

This problem clearly infringes the moral rights of thousands of people in the UK.  Solicitors often spot this liability during the purchase/conveyancing process.  They have to pay for a "search" to check for it – guess who runs the search, the church – a nice earner – and what's more the search results are non-binding "you probably will/won't have to pay…".   The hapless homeowner is then forced to take out around 100 of insurance just incase the church sues them at some point due to this Chancel Liability.

I propose this law be scrapped.

Cut Corporation Tax on first £10000 for small companies

If corporation tax was cut on the first £10000 for small companies (say up to £250000 turnover),it would allow those companies to put back some of their profit into the business to help them grow, perhaps even creating jobs.

Why is this idea important?

If corporation tax was cut on the first £10000 for small companies (say up to £250000 turnover),it would allow those companies to put back some of their profit into the business to help them grow, perhaps even creating jobs.

Repeal Drugs Prohibition

The UK has long participated in the "Global War On Drugs". In spite of this, all research and anecdotal evidence suggests that the use of currently illegal drugs is increasing.

Arguements are made pertaining to the health and societal aspects of drug use being detrimental to the country. This is almost always overstated and often detracts from rational discussion on the subject.

What is proposed?

  • The prohibition of all drugs currently illegal to posses or use should end.
  • Those who wish to purchase previously illegal drugs should be able to obtain them from licenced and reputable vendors such as chemists.
  • Registration could be implemented in order to allow analysis of purchasing patterns to identify those who are potentially at risk from any proven health concerns.
  • VAT to be applied to these sales earning the government much needed revenue.
  • Quality control to be ensured by those licenced to manufacture and supply.

Why is this idea important?

The UK has long participated in the "Global War On Drugs". In spite of this, all research and anecdotal evidence suggests that the use of currently illegal drugs is increasing.

Arguements are made pertaining to the health and societal aspects of drug use being detrimental to the country. This is almost always overstated and often detracts from rational discussion on the subject.

What is proposed?

  • The prohibition of all drugs currently illegal to posses or use should end.
  • Those who wish to purchase previously illegal drugs should be able to obtain them from licenced and reputable vendors such as chemists.
  • Registration could be implemented in order to allow analysis of purchasing patterns to identify those who are potentially at risk from any proven health concerns.
  • VAT to be applied to these sales earning the government much needed revenue.
  • Quality control to be ensured by those licenced to manufacture and supply.