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To: Jim Gifford. Aberdeenshire Council

Use of electoral roll to pursue historic poll tax arrears

Use of electoral roll to pursue historic poll tax arrears

Cancel plans to use the electoral roll from the recent independence referendum, as a debt collection document for historic poll tax arrears

Why is this important?

The leader of Aberdeen-Shire Council, Mr Jim Gifford, has stated that he intends to use the electoral roll from the independence referendum, as a means of pursuing unpaid poll tax. Despite the fact, that this flat rate tax, regardless of income, which was trialled in Scotland by the Thatcher government, was universally seen as unfair and undemocratic, the notion of using the recent referendum as a vehicle for debt collection is cynical in the extreme.

Many people were disenfranchised due the poll tax, as they could not afford to vote. Now, with the world marvelling at the level of inclusion and political awareness we have witnessed in this country recently, this unprecedented engagement of the people..rich and poor...is being tarnished with this deeply cynical and punitive plan of action.

The recent months have shown that this referendum meant more to people than economics alone, but that people wanted a more morally just, and caring society. Mr Gifford...as one of our civic leaders...lead the way! Set an example for others to follow and scrap this selfish and unjust plan.

Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen

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2014-10-02 16:17:48 +0100

Success!! OK...not because of this petition, but because we...the public...said NO!!

Alex Salmond...love him or otherwise...is a star. Who else in our recent political history has done what this guy has done?

And Jim Gifford....take note. That is what's called 'Leadership'

2014-09-30 23:17:08 +0100

50 signatures reached

2014-09-30 18:53:27 +0100

25 signatures reached

2014-09-30 17:47:49 +0100

10 signatures reached