Official: Treasury: correspondence on rating relief.

Reference code: CHAR 18/64

Part of: CHAR 18
Next record: CHAR 18/65
Previous record: CHAR 18/63

Date: 04 Jun 1927 - 18 Nov 1927

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Correspondents include: Alfred Hurst [Treasury] (5); Neville Chamberlain [Minister of Health] (4); Sir Richard Hopkins [Controller of Finance and Supply Services, Treasury] (2); Edward Hale [Treasury]; Lord Eustace Percy [President of the Board of Education]; Sir Warren Fisher [Permanent Secretary, Treasury]; Sir Ernest Gowers [Chairman of the Board of Inland Revenue]; James Grigg [Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer].

Also includes copy letters and minutes from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin.

Subjects covered by the file include: suggestions for reform of the rating system and profits tax; attempts to broaden the appeal of the government; the effect of local rates on industry; difficulties with health and education block grants; Poor Law reform; local government funding; Ministry of Health estimates.

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CHAR 18/64/3-13 Copy of a letter from WSC to Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister, marked "secret and personal" on the need to "dominate events lest we be submerged by them", reflecting on achievements of the government but predicting bleak prospects for the next year as the government has not been successful, his own efforts to reduce expenditure have failed, the Factory and Poor Law Bills and Franchise will not support them, and advising that a constructive measure is needed. He seeks Baldwin's support for saving £15 million expenditure, £10 million to be saved from the Royal Navy, £15 million by taxing petrol and suggests that £30 million should be used to reduce the rates. He ends by asking Baldwin about the franchise, urging an open vote on the issue of 25 and 21 [a reference to voting age]. 06 Jun 1927