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ECU ruling: Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain, BBC Two, 12 June 2007

Publication date: 29 Jan 2008


Describing the Community Charge ("Poll Tax") introduced by the Thatcher government, Andrew Marr said "Unlike the old rates, it would be payable by everyone, not just homeowners". A viewer complained that this gave the misleading impression that, prior to the introduction of the tax, householders who were tenants had not been liable for domestic rates, and had not contributed towards the cost of local government services.

BBC Editorial Complaints Unit's ruling

As most recently stated in the General Rate Act of 1967, domestic rates were payable by tenants as well as homeowners, and the programme was inaccurate in this respect. This complaint was upheld.

Further action

The error will be corrected before any re-broadcast.

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