Well done to the Ferret and The Herald for the excellent article on wind farms, obscene profits and tax avoidance (“Scottish wind farm owners linked to foreign tax havens”, The Herald, July 13).
We have known for years that LLPs who operate wind farms send their revenues to tax havens overseas, where they are (not) taxed. From there benefits can flow to individuals anywhere in the world. Nothing accrues to the UK Exchequer. Putting it right is very complicated, because you have to say that what they are doing is unlawful and it’s not.
Now that the box has been opened, it will be hard to close without nationalising all energy production. Can anyone see that golden goose being killed?
Imagine if you started with a blank canvas. Would you not have a strategy for wind farms, a compulsory development budget, a dedicated overseer and a taxation policy reflecting the massive earnings. Would you not have greater local authority and local community involvement in every case? Would you not have accountability and transparency? Epic failure all round.
Everyone should be getting behind the Scotland Against Spin Petition to the Scottish Parliament which seeks to increase the ability of communities to influence planning decisions for onshore wind farms. It’s a step in the right direction.
Aileen Jackson, Uplawmoor.
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