community charge


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community charge

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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (formerly in Britain) a flat-rate charge paid by each adult in a community to his or her local authority in place of rates. Also called: poll tax
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But a Glasgow council spokesman said: "We don't expect this year's exercise to provide significant information about decades-old community charge arrears - and we have absolutely no intention of focusing resources on looking for money that we have little or no chance of recovering.
But if it didn't, does that mean that the maintenance costs of the Beacon now falls upon the community charge payers of Redcar and Cleveland?
The controversial tax, or community charge, was one of the former Prime Minister's most unpopular measures and was seen by many as one of the main reasons she was deposed.
We are forced to undertake such activities as packing goods at supermarkets, where the boxers play their part, having odd coppers put in the bucket to help us fund the purchase of equipment, pay the water, heating, lighting, community charge bills and so on, where the foundation of skills is taught and learned.
The Tory politician scrapped the controversial and short-lived Community Charge - or poll tax - and replaced it with council tax which is what we still have today.
Almost pounds 19m has been written off between 2004 and 2007, including pounds 1m of the old community charge or poll tax.
With Government grants to local authorities reduced, some have decided to cut services for the elderly, otherwise there would have to be large increases in the community charge.
I recall one particular woman who groused to me about having three grown-up sons in her home then having to pay the community charge along with her payments on her and her husband's legitimate outgoings with the sons paying nothing, and she blaming that on the community charge.
The replacement, Lady Thatcher's community charge, was touted as fair because everyone, from duke to dustman, would have to pay the same amount.
Mr Renwick is withholding his community charge in protest at Councillor King's expenses claims.
It concerns the precept we pay as an addition to our community charge.
I expect the tax credit measure is the equivalent today of the Poll Tax - misnamed the community charge - which helped bring down the Iron Lady.

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