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.
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.
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