Empower the Community
Devolving policy-making to local people for greater ownership of their community
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Decisions are often best made when made closer to the people they affect
Yes to more local policy making rather than one-size-fits-all measures from central government
Yes to self-funded and more independent local government with greater accountability
Yes to a significant enrichment of local democracy with elections around major issues
No to local council dependency on cash grants from central government
No to backseat driving of major local decision making from central government
Nobody spends somebody else’s money as carefully as they spend their own.
Government decisions must be made as close to the people as possible in order to maximise transparency, scrutiny and accountability.
Leader of the Foundation Party
Local councils can often be as detached from the people and dominated by party self-interest as Westminster is. We demand openness and transparency at all times so residents have a rightful stake in the shaping of their community.
Decisions are often best made as close to the people they effect as possible.
We advocate a radical transfer of power from Westminster to local authorities, thereby enabling citizens to more greatly tailor their community to their wishes and needs, much more effectively than a remote central government ever could.
We would like to see the powers that were devolved to the Scottish Parliament in 1998, devolved to counties throughout the UK. These would include for example – health, housing, education, criminal justice, planning, the environment and sport.
From the point of view of individuals and families, these areas of government are essentially local concerns, not national. We care less about the performance of the NHS nationally, and more so locally in our area. We care less about available housing nationally, more so locally. We care less about crime nationally, and more so locally in my home town or village where my family and I live.
For example, we support the localisation of policing thus far, specifically in the form of elected Police and Crime Commissioners. However we would go further and charge them with the task of determining sentencing guidelines and the placement of sentenced offenders in prisons.
We should delegate areas of truly local government and local concern downwards to local authorities. Decisions will be more reflective of the particular issues in those areas, more likely to bring about the required change, and citizens will have an infinitely greater say over the shape and character of their community at the ballot box.
Transferring power downwards – enriching communities and local democracy
Many responsibilities should rightly remain at the national level, such as defence and national security, foreign policy, fiscal and monetary policy, employment legislation, trade, immigration, constitutional matters, transport and energy for example.
Local Sales Tax – Making Councils self-funding and more independent
VAT is complicated and expensive to administer as it is charged and reclaimed numerous times throughout the supply chain, whereas the LST will be charged once at the point of retail.
While VAT is an EU tax code, we will be free to replace it with something else once we have left the European Union, thus one of the major drawbacks holding this policy back over recent years will simply disappear.
The Local Sales Tax policy in this form was originally proposed by Douglas Carswell and published by the Adam Smith Institute in 2004.
We advocate the scrapping of VAT and replacing it with a new tax called the Local Sales Tax (LST). Set by County Councils and charged when buying local goods and services, all revenue would go directly to County Councils.
County Councils should be entirely self-funding and have the power to raise and lower their own taxes. They should become truly responsible for their own spending decisions, rather than receiving a range of government grants that effectively directs decision-making.
A real choice would be on offer at the ballot box, local elections would become a much more meaningful affair and local democracy would be enriched.
One party could advocate for example raising this tax to fund increased spending on local services, while another advocates lowering it to encourage more consumer spending within the local economy.
This would also introduce tax competition between neighbouring areas and thus a downward pressure on the tax in general. If the Local Sales Tax were set too high, customers might shop elsewhere for a lower price!
At the same time it would be perfectly reasonable for especially deprived areas to receive a government contribution on top if deemed necessary.
We want to substantially empower local government so ultimately citizens have a greater say in shaping their home community, and granting elected Councils greater financial autonomy is a key step towards this goal.
Devolve the same powers that have been devolved to the Scottish Government to counties throughout the UK, e.g. policing, criminal justice, health, education, housing, etc.
Replace VAT with a new Local Sales Tax (LST), charged at the point of retail at a rate set by local councils, to fund local government.
Grant local councils fiscal autonomy so they can raise additional local taxes or scrap existing local taxes, e.g. council tax, business rates, etc.
Scrap the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government, and regional development agencies, transferring their powers to local authorities
Founded by grassroots campaigners, we are working to establish a new political force offering a genuinely alternative way forward for the country for the consideration of the people.
With politics so detached from the people, we are pro-Brexit and want radically empowered citizens. We especially value and vow to fight for national self-government, freedom, liberty and democracy.
Promoted by James Hunt on behalf of the Foundation Party at 71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9JQ.