Specifically, a friend of mine (widow, died earlier this year) living in a council bungalow on basic state pension (boosted slightly by pension credit) had to pay for her TV licence which she did on a weekly basis (couldn't afford to pay all in one go) over the counter at the post office, or other outlet where they take such payments.
Don't forget - TV's are still classed as an unnecessary item as far as benefits are concerned, even though our modern society might consider them essential!
I'd quite like them to remain as an unnecessary item, tbh
I grew up quite happily without one and they can be massive time wasters - bit like online games and social media which are modern equivalents
Give me radio any day, at least you can get on and do other useful things while listening instead of having to waste time watching.
So don't use the TV service, don't have to pay anything for it (even though you may use the services for free that other people are paying for within their license, such as Radio and Website).
Or maybe move to Germany? €200 per annum regardless if you own a TV or not
Switzerland? €440 if you own a TV OR a Radio (sorry, Marie, you'd have to pay as you like the radio)
Greece? Doesn't matter if you watch or own a TV, you still pay €50 a year regardless unless you are off-grid
Same for Italy, except there it is €100 charge per annum.
Just a few examples - just about every country in Europe has Consumer or Government (so whole Population) funded Public Television.
Is anyone really so daft to think if the current License Fee was to be abolished it would not be replaced by something else that would likely be paid by MORE people as well , as the funding will come out of either general or specific taxation, and almost certainly include people who don't watch TV (cue the next "unfair to charge people who don't have a TV for funding the BBC - bring back the TV license" petition)?
Then again, maybe that would not be such a bad idea so all these people who use the service and pretend they don't (probably sneak into the cinema for free as well? what's the difference?) can't get out of paying for something they use.
AND the average paid amount will be lower as well quite possibly as the dodgers can't get away with it so easily - so same fund requirement collected amongst more .... so those who do currently pay will end up paying less.... Hmm, maybe I should sign that pathetic petition?
But then again, I believe in paying for what I use and NOT being forced to pay for something I don't, and abolishing the TV License would result in an unfair alternative I would imagine, so I'd stick with the "no thanks" option.
Last edited by wildebus; 13-06-2019 at 09:34.
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