The Impact of the Poll Tax

The Impact of the Poll Tax

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The community charge was the single most comprehensive reform of local finance attempted within this century. Its introduction was one of the most trying and significant events for Mrs. Thatcher's administration. It came under fierce criticism, much of which claimed it was divisive. "The Impact of the Poll Tax" analyses the substance of those allegations. A multi-disciplinary team of social scientists discuss whether the poll tax widened the gap between rich and poor. They pay particular attention to spatial questions: Did the community charge favour outer-city areas rather than inner-city ones? Did it privilege particular regions? The legislation might have been introduced at a national level but its immediate impact was on particular localities. They consider the economic impact of the business rate as well as the effect on individuals and examine the problems encountered in implementing the changes. This book should be of interest to lecturers and students of geography, economics and politics and professionals in public more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 138 x 216mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 041503812X
  • 9780415038126