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Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Private Office files (Lawson)

Community Charge: Treasury minute to Chancellor ("Indexed-linked Gilts and the RPI") [preferred Option B not possible; necessity therefore of government light touch with RPIAC] [declassified Feb 2018]

Document type: Declassified documents
Source: T640/829 f69
Editorial comments:

Lawson's annotation suggesting income tax be renamed the "Public Expenditure Charge" and included in the RPI is surely a Chancellorial joke, doubtless made with feeling. Supporting documents follow, including Lawson's minute to MT and an account of their bilateral discussion on the topic. Read documents selected from this file. Read the whole file here.

Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 21pp
Themes: Monetary policy, Public spending & borrowing, Taxation, Local government, Local government finance, Community charge (“poll tax”), Judiciary, Chancellor of the Exchequer’s meetings, Chancellor of the Exchequer’s minutes