Currently the BBC licence fee is £145.50 a year
Dating back to 1946, it was classified as a tax in 2006
It is required to access BBC, ITV, Channels 4 and 5, satellite and cable TV stations,
Comment So it’s a sort of poll tax?
Yes, indeed except for people over 75 .
If you don’t pay and you watch live television at home you face a fine of up to £1,000 .
And if you don’t pay your fines you could ultimately face jail.
But you can watch re-runs of programmes without a licence and nearly 500,000 people access BBC I-player for free
What to do?
Some people suggest introducing voluntary subscriptions instead of the licence fee
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee, chaired by
Conservative MP John Whittingdale, wants the UK
to scrap the TV Licence – and replace it with a broadcasting tax for ALL households.
Even if you don’t own a TV or only watch catch-up TV online you’d still have to pay,
Query: What do the Scottish Nationalists have to say?
“enough is enough”
A Veteran Lefty Scot Nat, who campaigned against the poll tax in his day
Jim Sillars refused to appear on the BBC as he seemingly blames the broadcaster for the Yes defeat in the referendum.
Sillars also said that he’d refuse to pay for another TV licence but he’s 76 years old and doesn’t have to.
After months of accusations having being thrown at the BBC for biased reporting,
many of the 45ers (people who voted YES in September’s Referendum on Scottish Independence) have decided they will no longer be paying their BBC licences,
Wings over Scotland
Readers should make their own decisions about whether to keep funding the BBC or whether to stop doing so lawfully.
We’ve made ours.
Meanwhile over in Wales
as far back as 2011 Plaid Cymru’s annual conference has voted to support a campaign to not pay the BBC licence fee over a dispute about who controls Welsh language programmes
What’s happening in NI?Any discussion on this topic?