The history of Great Britain is crucial to understanding why certain things are the way they are. It is the reason why we focus so much on the hearth tax and other forms of policies that have inspirations today. History has always played a major role in shaping countries as we know them.
Britain, as we all know, is divided into counties. Counties have their own administrative and political structures and agenda. They are semi-autonomous and are governed by district councils. They set their own policies on education, public transport, employment and various other sectors that are important to the citizen.
One of the counties of historic significance in Britain is Yorkshire. It remain the country’s largest county to date. Yorkshire has played a big role in the political and historic events that have taken place in Britain. It has comprised at various stages the Celtics, the Romans, the Danish Vikings and the Normans. It has seen the occurrences of legendary wars such as the Battle of Stamford Bridge and the War of Roses.
Yorkshire was historically divided into ridings, including the North Riding, East Riding and West Riding. The term riding comes from the Norse language. The North Riding was a lieutenancy and head of the local militia. It still retains its influences from the multiple cultures that once settles in its shores.
Perhaps the most popular city in the North ridings is Middlesbrough. Middlesbrough is one of Britain’s main industrial towns and its local economy is dominated by chemical industries. Engineering and manufacturing are the other key industries in these parts. During the 1800s and 1900s, when Britain was perhaps the largest industrialist nation in the world, Middlesbrough and the whole of Yorkshire thrived. A chunk of tax revenue came from the industrial activities in these parts.
With things having changed in the modern world and a lot of manufacturing and industrial activities exported to developing and inexpensive nations like China, Philippines and India, the North Ridings of Yorkshire have taken a step back in terms of their key economic drivers. Public revenue comes from other sources, notably council tax.
Recent events saw a rise of an incredible 5% in council tax bills after councilors voted for a budget increase. The increase, as you can imagine, is to offset a widening local deficit, which, according to the government, has been driven by increased social care spending. Middlesbrough remains one example of an economy that has moved predominantly towards service, with implications on various tax rates.