Collect TV licence with council tax to reduce collection costs

I would like to propose that the law be amended so that the licence is payable by all and is collected by local councils (as happens with Police & Fire services. This would remove an extra tier of tax collectors working for TV licensing whilst not increasing the staff or workload of local councils. 

This proposal keeps away from the debate on how to pay for the quality services of TV, radio and Internet that are provided through the current TV licence by the BBC. S4C, and others and is restricted to the collection mechanism.

Why is this idea important?

I would like to propose that the law be amended so that the licence is payable by all and is collected by local councils (as happens with Police & Fire services. This would remove an extra tier of tax collectors working for TV licensing whilst not increasing the staff or workload of local councils. 

This proposal keeps away from the debate on how to pay for the quality services of TV, radio and Internet that are provided through the current TV licence by the BBC. S4C, and others and is restricted to the collection mechanism.

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.

Abolish the law that lets prisoners watch colour TV – allow black & white only

Prisoners have it too easy – they don't deserve colour TV. B&W should be enough for them. And the old B&W TV shows have more suitable moral values for these miscreants.

Why is this idea important?

Prisoners have it too easy – they don't deserve colour TV. B&W should be enough for them. And the old B&W TV shows have more suitable moral values for these miscreants.

TV licence fee should be reclassified as a civil offence – not a criminal offence

Please support amendments intended to ensure that the TV licence  fee is recoverable as a civil matter only, following non-payment and failure to respond to a notice issued by OFCOM – not a criminal offence.  This is an unfair and outdated penalty.

The television licence fee is a "despised compulsory impost" and should be scrapped.  The annual charge and the BBC should be funded by other means.

Why is this idea important?

Please support amendments intended to ensure that the TV licence  fee is recoverable as a civil matter only, following non-payment and failure to respond to a notice issued by OFCOM – not a criminal offence.  This is an unfair and outdated penalty.

The television licence fee is a "despised compulsory impost" and should be scrapped.  The annual charge and the BBC should be funded by other means.

TV Licence Should include internet/mobile viewing

At the moment, although I have a TV licence in my name, it only covers me viewing at home.

In the old days of valve radios humming away in the corner of the room, we had to have a radio licence, but when technology moved on and the amazing transistor radio, no bigger than a couple of house bricks, was invented, our licences allowed us to listen to those on the beach, in the park or anywhere we pleased.

I think it's time that TV licencing followed suit and was dragged (kicking and screaming if necessary) into the 21st century. My licence should cover me catching up on the BBC News headlines on my office computer at lunch time, without putting my company at risk of prosecution. I should be able to watch a sports update on my mobile or laptop if I'm out and about, without fear of prosecution.

Why is this idea important?

At the moment, although I have a TV licence in my name, it only covers me viewing at home.

In the old days of valve radios humming away in the corner of the room, we had to have a radio licence, but when technology moved on and the amazing transistor radio, no bigger than a couple of house bricks, was invented, our licences allowed us to listen to those on the beach, in the park or anywhere we pleased.

I think it's time that TV licencing followed suit and was dragged (kicking and screaming if necessary) into the 21st century. My licence should cover me catching up on the BBC News headlines on my office computer at lunch time, without putting my company at risk of prosecution. I should be able to watch a sports update on my mobile or laptop if I'm out and about, without fear of prosecution.