Poll tax riot in London (archive picture)
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Community charge or poll tax: John Selwyn Gummer's memories

The community charge - better known as poll tax - was meant to be a simple and fair way for everyone who used them to pay for local services.

But it triggered riots in London and marked the beginning of the end of Margaret Thatcher's time in power.

David Thompson looked at its legacy as he spoke to Lord Deben, as Local Government Minister 1988-89 then known as John Selwyn Gummer MP, and John Whiting from the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

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  • 27 Jan 2012
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