Abolish the BBC Licence Tax

The BBC Licence is a TAX.  All income groups are required to fund the inflated salaries and lavish lifestyles of BBC Executives and 'stars.'

The BBC Licence TAX should be abolished.  The Government should fund a small public service broadcaster from general taxation – no more than 2 radio stations and 2 TV channels – and the rest of the BBC should be privatised.

Why is this idea important?

The BBC Licence is a TAX.  All income groups are required to fund the inflated salaries and lavish lifestyles of BBC Executives and 'stars.'

The BBC Licence TAX should be abolished.  The Government should fund a small public service broadcaster from general taxation – no more than 2 radio stations and 2 TV channels – and the rest of the BBC should be privatised.

Litter Clearance – Trunk Roads

The Environment Act 1990 gives the responsibility for clearing litter from the trunk road network to the local authorities through which the road passes (ie the local District and Borough Councils).  This means that there are several authorities responsible along most trunk roads. 

Clearing litter from a high-speed road is expensive, time-consuming and dangerous.  The local authorities and their cleansing contractors are not the right authorities to have this job.  All other aspects of managing and maintaining the trunk road network is the responsibility of the Highways Agency – who have the properly accredited personnel.

Clearing litter from the trunk road network should be given to the Highways Agency (along with the funding to do it).  They would be able to do it cheaper because they could coordinate the work with their other maintenance activities and the appearance of the trunk roads would improve.

This requires an amendment to the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Why is this idea important?

The Environment Act 1990 gives the responsibility for clearing litter from the trunk road network to the local authorities through which the road passes (ie the local District and Borough Councils).  This means that there are several authorities responsible along most trunk roads. 

Clearing litter from a high-speed road is expensive, time-consuming and dangerous.  The local authorities and their cleansing contractors are not the right authorities to have this job.  All other aspects of managing and maintaining the trunk road network is the responsibility of the Highways Agency – who have the properly accredited personnel.

Clearing litter from the trunk road network should be given to the Highways Agency (along with the funding to do it).  They would be able to do it cheaper because they could coordinate the work with their other maintenance activities and the appearance of the trunk roads would improve.

This requires an amendment to the Environmental Protection Act 1990.