Henry George Foundation of Great Britain

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The Henry George Foundation (of Great Britain Ltd)
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Founded 1907
Type incorporated charity registered in England and Wales (company limited by guarantee no. 00956714, charity no. 259194)
Focus economic justice
Location
Product Land&Liberty
Method think tank
Key people
David Triggs (Executive Chairman)
Revenue
membership & supporters
Website http://www.henrygeorgefoundation.org

The Henry George Foundation is an independent UK economic and social justice think tank and public education group concerned with "the development of sound relationships between the citizen, our communities (from the local to the global) and our shared natural and common resources". The Henry George Foundation describes itself as "active on three broad fronts: research, education, and advocacy".[1] The Foundation takes its name from Henry George, the 19th Century economist and proponent of the taxation of land values.

Activities[edit]

The Henry George Foundation is the publisher of the magazine Land&Liberty. The Foundation holds educational courses and organises conferences and other public events focussing on tax reform issues. It has sponsored academic research, published extensively, and advised legislators, civil servants and NGOs on land and tax reform matters.

History[edit]

The Henry George Foundation is the present-day successor of a series of organisations and names that hails back to the United Committee for the Taxation of Land Values. The UCTLV was constituted on 23 March 1907[2][3] (a previous 'United Committee' had been formed in 1887[4]) as a coordinating body for a number of organisations with the shared object of promoting the taxation of land values.[5] These organisations continued to exist in parallel with the United Committee, and included a number of regional leagues for the taxation of land values and also the national bodies the English League for the Taxation of Land Values and the Scottish League for the Taxation of Land Values.[6]

In 1969 (the regional leagues mostly having folded, with only the Scottish League in continuing existence) the United Committee launched ESSRA (Economic and Social Science Research Association), a registered charity, and transferred much of its activity to it.[7] In 1991 the United Committee changed its name to the Centre for Incentive Taxation. Five years later, in 1996, all activities and assets of the various associated companies and other entities and initiatives (including publication of Land and Liberty) were re-gathered under the umbrella of the charitable company ESSRA, or were terminated, and the holding bodies dissolved. ESSRA then changed its name to The Henry George Foundation of Great Britain, Ltd.[8][9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Henry George Foundation". Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  2. ^ Joseph Edwards, ed. (21 July 1909). Land and Real Tariff Reform. The Land Reformers’ Handbook (First Edition of First Issue ed.). London: Joseph Edwards with The Clarion Press, LD and ILP, New Age Press TCP. p. 73. 
  3. ^ Land Values, vol. XI, no. 156, May 1907, p. 237
  4. ^ Edwards 1909, p. 78
  5. ^ Barberis, Peter, John McHugh and Mike Tyldesley, Encyclopedia of British and Irish Political Organizations, London: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2007. pp.34-35
  6. ^ Barberis, Peter, John McHugh and Mike Tyldesley, Encyclopedia of British and Irish Political Organizations, London: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2007. p.23
  7. ^ Memorandum and Articles of Association Incorporated 23 June 1969, as Amended on 17 April 1996
  8. ^ two personal email communications from Barbara Sobrielo to Peter Gibb, 27 August 2009 10:54:06 BST and 16:22:35 BST
  9. ^ Land&Liberty vol. 103, no. 1179
  10. ^ Barberis, Peter, John McHugh and Mike Tyldesley, Encyclopedia of British and Irish Political Organizations, London: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2007. p.28

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