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PAC Men Find Poll Tax Defaulters: The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Should Be Streets Ahead of Other Authorities, Whatever Happens to the Poll Tax

Magazine article Management Today

PAC Men Find Poll Tax Defaulters: The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Should Be Streets Ahead of Other Authorities, Whatever Happens to the Poll Tax

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PAC men find poll tax defaulters

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea should be streets ahead of other authorities, whatever happens to the poll tax. The pains of the poll tax - that ultimate in self-inflicted wounds - are likely to linger on for a long while in certain quarters. The essence of the tax - and what originally commended it to Margaret Thatcher - was its extreme simplicity. To give it a radical overhaul now, or to replace it by some new property-based tax, can only be a move back in the direction of complexity. And that's bad news for the local authorities.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea had already decided to integrate its various property databases - previously the jealously guarded possessions of its departments - before the advent of poll tax. Its impending introduction hastened the process, however. And at the same time the borough became the first local authority to adopt, certainly for poll tax purposes, what is probably the most advanced geo-demographic systems package in Britain. …

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