Poll Tax Riots

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The community charge (poll tax) meant that every adult had to pay the same amount, no matter on their income and property. This meant rich and poor people had to pay the same amount. 

The labour party, unions and many working people were against it. People refused to pay it and groups called APTUs were set up which distributed information and supported non-payers. The first in Glasgow had 2000 members by 1988. The All- Britain federation was set up. Methods of protest. 120 people were arrested for not paying but the government could…


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