Lesson : Why do we pay taxes? Part 2


This is the second of two lessons which focus on the theme of taxes. It is advised that these lessons are taught as part of a series which start with the topics ‘Democracy’ and ‘Times of Need’ which look at the structures of government and the welfare state.


During this lesson pupils will learn that councils are responsible for local spending decisions and can raise additional funds for public services through council taxes. Pupils will survey residents in their area to identify the key concerns of their neighbourhood. The findings of the class will inspire a piece of artwork and/or a letter to their local council that reflects how the community want taxes to be spent in their area.