Will's word

7th May 2004 at 01:00
Subsidy. (noun). grant, financial aid

These days the use of subsidy almost always has positive connotations, because the grant in question is generally given to assist an enterprise considered advantageous to a desirable public or private venture of some kind. It was not always so.

From the 14th century, subsidies were special taxes granted by parliament to meet a particular need, and they were still present in Tudor times - as much as four shillings in the pound on land. Subsidies thus had an overwhelmingly negative set of connotations at the time, and it is this negative meaning which we need to bear in mind when we hear a defensive King Henry saying "I have not ... much oppressed them (his subjects) with great subsidies" (Henry VI Part 3, IV.viii.45) or when the rebellious Jack Cade is told that Lord Say "made us pay ... one shilling to the pound, the last subsidy" (Henry VI Part 2, IV.vii.20).

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now