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British win repeal of Poll Tax (flat tax), 1989-1990

United Kingdom
Time period
Spring, 1989 to November, 1990
Economic Justice
Total points
10 out of 10 points
Name of researcher, and date dd/mm/yyyy
Ojas Chinchwadkar 9/22/13

Margaret Thatcher was reelected for her third term in 1987. One of the changes she promised to implement was to levy a flat tax that she called a “Community Charge,” although it became popularly known as the poll tax. A flat tax means that everybody, regardless of wealth, has to pay the same amount. The tax was to be set in the 1989-1990 financial year in Scotland, and in the 1990-1991 financial year in England. However, it was unpopular from the moment she proposed it, and she met resistance from both the people and her party.