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community charge

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Definition of community charge in English:

noun

[mass noun]
(In the UK) a tax, introduced by the Conservative government in 1990 (1989 in Scotland), levied locally on every adult in a community. It was replaced in 1993 by the council tax. Informally called poll tax.
Example sentences
  • Our council tax bills are set for their biggest increase since the tax replaced the infamous community charge eleven years ago.
  • The council tax, which is despised almost as much as its predecessor the community charge or poll tax, remains, and the inequality of wealth and divisions in society continue at a pace.
  • This equates to £148 per household per annum through taxes, National Insurance, community charge, consumer prices, etc.

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