Land Ownership – Who Owns Your Home?

The following blog post I completed a couple of years ago, it has been updated but most of the information with some minor corrections is still applicable. Apologies for odd formatting, try as I might I can’t correct it.

In this environment of increasing inequality when the social divide between the haves and the have-nots increases alarmingly you may find the following quite eye opening.

Here are some interesting facts about land ownership in the UK. Facts which may well surprise you concerning land distribution.

Land ownership facts:
* The UK has 60 million acres of land in total.
* 70% of the land is owned by 1% of the population.
* Just 6,000 or so landowners — mostly aristocrats, but also large institutions and the Crown — own about 40 million acres, two thirds of the UK.
* Britain’s top 20 landowning families have bought or inherited an area big enough to swallow up the entire counties of Kent, Essex and Bedfordshire, with more to spare.
* Big landowners measure their holdings by the square mile; the average Briton living in a privately owned property has to exist on 340 square yards.
* Each home pays £550/ann. on average in council tax while each landowning home receives £12,169/ann. in subsidies. The poor subsidising the super rich. In Ireland where land redistribution occurred, there is no council tax.

* A building plot, the land, now constitutes between half to two- thirds of the cost of a new house.

Source of information:
How Land Affects The Average Person:

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/watercity/LandArticle.html  I have included this link as it is the source of the statistics above, however I am not entirely in agreement with all of ideas expressed therein, particularly concerning the use of green belt land for house building.

Please note: These are old statistics above concerning council tax which is now around £1000 plus annually for band A, – prices vary according to each council.

According to the following article some of the most affluent areas pay less council tax than people living in poorer areas.

“Multimillion-pound homes across London areas, including Belgravia, Pimlico and Fulham, attract among the lowest council tax rates in the country, as our ranking of locations by price shows. Westminster is the cheapest local authority, having levied low rates since the Eighties, and charges £678 a year for a “Band D””
Council tax: how does your bill compare?:
More information about land ownership
“Just 0.3% of the population – 160,000 families – own two thirds of the country. Less than 1% of the population owns 70% of the land, running Britain a close second to Brazil for the title of the country with the most unequal land distribution on Earth.”
This is a very interesting article and told me things I did not know for example,  as a result of  historical events, the Queen owns all the land in the entire UK:
William’s 22nd great-granddaughter, who today sits on the throne, is still the legal owner of the whole of England. Even your house, if you’ve been able to afford one, is technically hers. You’re a tenant, and the price of your tenancy is your loyalty to the crown.
I didn’t know that and I doubt if many other people do.

Time for change towards a more modern society, time to ditch this unfair nonsense initiated in times past. Not only is it idiotic it is a social injustice that has no place in a modern society. The UK is a socially regressive country beyond our imagination. I once thought that this was among the most fair and free countries in the world, at least within the framework of the times in which we live or should I say lived. Rather than progressing towards a fairer distribution of wealth we are regressing backwards. People think that socialism or communism is not desirable because they will own nothing. Well we own nothing now!  You are just a tenet!  You own nothing with the exception of your personal property unless you are in debt of course than you own nothing! While the monarch’s ownership of our property may seem a technically it exists nonetheless.

 

Related links

The south downs owned by private landowners:
https://whoownsengland.org/2018/02/16/who-owns-the-south-downs/

Also note that 95% of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is owned by private landowners.

National Park Authority owns less than four per cent of land in the Lake District. The rest is owned by organisations such as the National Trust, United Utilities, Forestry Commission and other private landowners.

Who owns England Grouse moors:
https://whoownsengland.org/2016/10/28/who-owns-englands-grouse-moors/

Who owns England is a fascinating blog, visit the home page for more eye-opening facts
https://whoownsengland.org/

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