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.

Keep analogue television

Maintain analogue television signals.  By all means let those who want digital television buy their new sets, but leave the rest of us who are happy with our 4 (or 5) channels alone!

Why is this idea important?

Maintain analogue television signals.  By all means let those who want digital television buy their new sets, but leave the rest of us who are happy with our 4 (or 5) channels alone!

Communications tax and BBC independence

Replace the licence fee with a communications tax, put the money into both the BBC and communications infrastructure.

The BBC should have its independence enshrined in law and should not have to worry about viewing figures when it comes to news reporting, its sole priority should be producing high quality unbiased news.

Why is this idea important?

Replace the licence fee with a communications tax, put the money into both the BBC and communications infrastructure.

The BBC should have its independence enshrined in law and should not have to worry about viewing figures when it comes to news reporting, its sole priority should be producing high quality unbiased news.

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.