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PAG public meeting: Disability and Equality

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"Disability & Equality"

a joint presentation by

Gareth Foulkes (IoM Champion for Deaf People)

Paul Beckett M.A. (Oxon) - IoM Advocate

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7.30 pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 September 2014 19:31
 

Peel Housing Development meeting

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PAG have been asked to publicise the following meeting, so if you can't make ours the same night in Douglas and have concerns over this scheme why not go along?

PUBLIC MEETING

MONDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER 7.30pm

CORRIN HALL, PEEL

TO DISCUSS

THE APPROVAL FOR 144 MORE

DANDARA HOMES

BETWEEN POORTOWN ROAD AND QEII HIGH SCHOOL

The following areas of concern are likely to be discussed, but will not be limited to:

  1. The use and reliance on a sewage treatment plant operated by a private company
  2. The use of QEII School Fields as a means to meet the open space requirement
  3. Inadequate road provision, including town centre parking
  4. Whether this is a sustainable development for the West of the Island, in accordance with the Isle of Man Strategic Plan – Towards a Sustainable Future.

Persons invited to attend the meeting:

Mr Timothy Crookall, MHK

Mr Philip Gawne, MHK

Mr Alan Bell, MHK

Mr Chris Robertshaw, MHK

Mr Howard Quayle, MHK

Peel Town Commissioners

Please come and voice your concerns.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 16:29
 

Pink Book reveals IOM Government living beyond its means - PART 1

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The annual IOM budget document is commonly referred to as the Pink Book.
 
Politicians see it about a week before it is presented to Tynwald for debate and ultimately approval. The public has access to it after the Treasury Minister's speech and then read or hear comment in the local media.

One PAG supporter decided to take a detailed look at the figures in the 2014-15 Pink Book and using prudent accounting drew some interesting conclusions:

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 11:09
 

Land Banking - Planning Committee at last wises up to Developers?

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It appears that the Planning Committee has at last rumbled one way property developers play the planning system.

At the August P C Meeting Dandara and Heritage Homes submitted a total of three Douglas planning applications requesting a variation to earlier successful approvals. They wanted to extend the duration of each one by a further 4 years.
 
It's usual for the Committee, in granting approval,  to impose a condition that work must be started within 4 years of the date
of the decision. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 22:57
 

ONLY LITTLE PEOPLE PAY TAX….

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littlepeoplepaytaxLetter to Isle of Man Newspaper by PAG committee member Chris Blythe (in personal capacity):

I refer to the letter from Alan Croll last week (We’re no secrecy jurisdiction) and the faint aroma of self-interest in his assertion that tax avoidance is common sense as well as perfectly legal, his criticism of Tax Justice Network, and his statement that the Isle of Man is not a secret jurisdiction.

He is quite correct in stating that an economist’s attitude (and clearly his) is that tax avoidance is legal whilst tax evasion is illegal.  However, to the ordinary man in the street, the words avoidance and evasion are remarkably similar – to the point that it is very hard sometimes to distinguish the two, as Gary Barlow and other wealthy” tax avoiders” in the UK have found to their cost. And when HMRC tests (allegedly legal) tax avoidance schemes in court, it is often found that the borderline has been crossed and the intent of the relevant tax laws breached. In those circumstances, avoidance and evasion may be considered two sides of the same coin - “weasel words” designed to cloak the sometimes legal / sometimes slippery practices / sometimes illegal practices of well-paid tax accountants and lawyers looking for opportunities and loopholes in the wording of tax laws.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 22:49
 

Tynwald Petitions for Redress

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Tynwald recently published the full list of active Petitions for Redress, including those presented at this years Tynwald ceremony at St Johns.

 

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Download this file (petitions.pdf)Petitions of Redress 20141129 Kb152
 

PAG public meeting: Tax Justice - the final countdown

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"Tax Justice - The Final Countdown"


7.30 pm Monday 30th June 2014


Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas

The meeting is open to all and admission is free.

For its final public meeting before the summer recess Positive Action Group (PAG) will re-visit a topic which it first aired in 2008 - global tax transparency.

For a number years, the Isle of Man has faced demands to improve tax transparency and regulation in financial services and has been recognised as largely successful in tackling that thorny dilemma.
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Download this file (John Christensen - Isle of Man - PAG - JUN-2014.pdf)Tax Justice presentation3077 Kb184
Download this file (John Christensen - Isle of Man - PAG - JUN-2014.ppsx)Tax Justice presentation4507 Kb177
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 15:48
 

Fairness in Tax Matters

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“Fairness” should be at the heart of everything government does –in the way it raises revenue via taxation or from the provision of services, and in the treatment of its citizenry in providing those services. It has long been an accepted economic and social principle that those with the highest income – and thus the broadest shoulders – should bear the brunt of taxation via a progressive tax system.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 12:09
 
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