What potential problems does the Local Government Chronicle 1987 identify with the Poll Tax? (5)
1. Registration issues
2. Expensive to collect
3. Easy to avoid
4. Difficult to understand
5. Issue of who is the head of the household
What does it identify as the advantages of the old rating system? (4)
1. Easier understood
2. Cheap to collect
3. Difficult to evade
4. Essentially more efficient
What does the author say about transitional arrangements ('dual running')? (3)
1. Administratively easier to collect if no transitional period
2. Administratively cheaper to collect if no transitional period
3. Two systems operating at the same time - creates confusion
What does the 1989 satirical article identify as the problem the Poll Tax was to address? (2)
1. Older people - more vulnerable
2. People move around - don't use local services
Why might the poll tax have been exploited by landlords?
Charge more people but pay less poll tax - as they say there could have been less people
Why did it result in an invasion of privacy when it came to registering?
Had to ask about relationships - issue of head of the household again
What does Forth in his 1994 interview cite as the key reason for why the Poll Tax failed? (3)
1. Speed at which the tax was introduced
2. Everyone overreacting - had to abandon it
3. Conservatives conceded too quickly
How would Forth have sought to solve the need to compile a fresh register of people?
1. Tie it to the electoral register - 'No vote, no pay. No pay, no vote'
Is Forth correct to assume that if the tax had been introduced earlier when Mrs T's authority was unchallenged it might have succeeded?
May have lasted a bit longer within the party BUT by nature the policy was always very unpopular
Could the Poll Tax have succeeded or was it always going to fail? (3)
1. Historically Poll Tax haven't worked
2. To edit and change it - not really a Poll Tax anymore
3. By nature a very unpopular policy - therefore it was doomed to fail
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