Statement on the Council Tax

Mr. Heseltine spoke before the British House of Commons to announce the British government’s intention to replace the unpopular “poll tax” with a new “council tax.” Margaret Thatcher, the previous prime… read more

Mr. Heseltine spoke before the British House of Commons to announce the British government’s intention to replace the unpopular “poll tax” with a new “council tax.” Margaret Thatcher, the previous prime minister of Great Britain, instituted the “poll tax,” also known as the “community charge,” in 1990, which was a charge for public services that was instituted on every member of the nation regardless of their ability to pay. $5.1 billion in taxes went uncollected last year after furious British citizens protested the “poll tax” by not paying. The unpopularity of the “poll tax” is widely regarded as being the main reason for Margaret Thatcher’s decline in public favor and eventually her resignation. Last month, the British government lowered all British citizens' taxes by $238 and raised the sales tax to 17.8 percent. Mr. Heseltine announced the new “council tax” would be a property tax. close

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Program ID:
17723-1
Category:
International Telecasts
Format:
Foreign Legislature
Location:
London, United Kingdom
First Aired:
Apr 26, 1991 | 5:16pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
Last Aired:
Apr 29, 1991 | 10:36am EDT | C-SPAN 1

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  • Apr 26, 1991 | 5:16pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 26, 1991 | 10:29pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 27, 1991 | 6:30am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 28, 1991 | 1:39pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 29, 1991 | 1:20am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 29, 1991 | 4:15am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 29, 1991 | 10:36am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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