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Taxation and VAT from 1950

Women shopping in Carnaby Street.
1970s Carnaby Street in London's West End - a focus for consumer spending.
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The system of taxation was greatly modified throughout the 1950s to the 1970s. Conservative policy was characterised by tax cuts, while Labour governments attempted to use the taxation system as a tool for social justice.

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Further reading

  • Daunton, M. J., Just taxes: the politics of taxation in Britain, 1914-1979 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002)
  • Pemberton, H., Taxation and Labour's Modernisation Programme In Contemporary British History, 20:3 (2006)
  • Whiting, R.C., Ideology and reform in Labour's tax strategy, 1964-1970 In Historical Journal, 41 (1998)
  • Whiting, R.C., The Labour Party and taxation: party identity and political purpose in twentieth-century Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001)