Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What you need to do

What the Petitions Committee is doing

Petition Refund taxes used to pay slavery abolition debt to British descendants of slaves

We'd like the Government to refund the tax contributions that helped to clear the Slavery Abolition Act debt up to 2015 to taxpayers who are descendants of slaves owned by British slave owners. We feel it's immoral for descendants of British slaves to have contributed towards clearing this debt.

More details

The Government paid £20m compensation to owners of the freed slaves under the Act. Nothing was paid to the slaves themselves for their time being kept as a prisoner forced to work. To make compensation payment, a £15m loan was taken out which was not repaid until 2015.

This means descendants of slaves who work in the UK up to 2015 actually contributed to clearing the debt that was created because of a payment made to their ancestors' owners, just so that they could be freed. This is ridiculous.

Sign this petition

10,843 signatures

Show on a map


Government will respond

Government responds to all petitions that get more than 10,000 signatures

Waiting for 5 days for a government response

At 100,000 signatures...

At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament

Share this petition