community charge


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community charge

n
(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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Thatcher was angered that Mr Major wanted to axe her most favourite policy - the Community Charge (known as the Poll Tax).
She had resigned following protests over the community charge.
Above all, the people of Coventry should be aware that if the project fails to be self-financing, the debt will have to be repaid by the city council, and that is bound to affect the level of the community charge.
The insurer~s guarantee applies to statutory obligations imposed on the community charge to all holders or trainees agents affiliated with the CNRACL.
Lesley said locals should refuse to pay the community charge until the council sorted the problem out.
Conservative MP Cecil Parkinson, a favourite of Mrs Thatcher, said: "We are not interested in flogging a dead horse and it now seems the community charge has been laid to rest.
Newly-released government papers show the former prime minister dismissed concerns that replacing domestic rates based on property values with the flat-rate community charge would be a political disaster.
So, heavily perspiring, they scrapped the rates and demanded the right to give us the community charge a year earlier than the English.
County community charge payers from 1974 till 2009 contributed to the build-up of balances which were transferred over on April 1, 2009.
He said: "It's the most inappropriate set of proceedings I've personally ever, ever seen and it's a fantastic waste of community charge payers' money.
However, what finally did for the lady was not Europe, but the poll tax, the community charge rejected by the people.
Tellingly, whatever the Major government did to try to win the hearts and minds of voters, even abolition of the community charge, failed to boost plummeting support.

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