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Thatcher and Major

J. A. Chandler

in Explaining Local Government

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780719067068
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701355 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719067068.003.0011
Thatcher and Major

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During the administrations of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, there was a decline in trust between local and central government. New Right theory is not necessarily inimical to local as opposed to central government. New Right policy for the Thatcher government meant that public services should be transferred to the private sector and that welfare services should be reduced to a minimum necessary to prevent destitution among the deserving poor. Fashionable monetarism also committed the Government to ensure that the money supply was kept within limits compatible with economic growth, and at a time of relatively high inflation, this required reductions in public spending. This chapter looks at local government in Britain under the Thatcher and Major administrations. It discusses the 1980 Local Government Planning and Land Act, privatisation of Direct Labour Organisations, housing and regeneration, local socialism, the 1984 Rates Act and its consequences, abolition of the Greater London Council and the metropolitan county councils, and the poll tax.

Keywords: local government; Britain; Margaret Thatcher; John Major; privatisation; Direct Labour Organisations; 1984 Rates Act; Greater London Council; county councils; poll tax

Chapter.  16626 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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