FALL OF THATCHER / SOCIAL REFORM

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  • SOCIAL REFORM
  • NHS
  • & GPs
  • Education
  • State schools controlled their budgets
  • National curriculum introduced
  • Ensured teaching standards = high
  • GCSEs 1986
  • Housing
  • Council tenants could now buy their own homes
  • More property owners
  • To bring social stability to working-class areas
  • UNREST
  • Employees - fewer rights
  • Poverty - more apparent 1980s
  • Rioting in dozens of urban areas 1981
  • Miner's strike
  • 1984-85
  • Outbreaks of violence
  • Battle between strikers and police
  • Unrest / riots for poll tax
  • However, level of unrest = low
  • FALL OF THATCHER
  • Inflation
  • High again
  • Gov relied on high interest rates
  • Divisions in Conseratives
  • Disagreed with Howe and Lawson
  • They wanted to join the ERM
  • Thatcher later agreed - seemed weak
  • Poll tax
  • Unpopular
  • Taxing individuals not property
  • Led to protests
  • Violent riot - 1990

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