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    • MSE Sarah
    • By MSE Sarah 5th Jun 17, 10:58 AM
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    Money Moral Dilemma: Should I pay my share of the TV licence?
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    • 5th Jun 17, 10:58 AM
    Money Moral Dilemma: Should I pay my share of the TV licence? 5th Jun 17 at 10:58 AM
    This week's MoneySaver who wants advice asks...

    I live in a shared flat and my flatmates want to split the cost of a licence so we can watch live TV. I know I won't use the TV as I'm out a lot and already pay for Netflix. Should I pay up just to keep the peace?

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    • Bigphil1474
    • By Bigphil1474 9th Jun 17, 2:00 PM
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    Why don't you combine the cost of the TV license with Netflix - that way your flatmates and you can watch both, and you might be better off anyway - if there are 3 of you a third of the TV license and a third of Netflix is gonna be cheaper. Plus if you didn't watch live TV, you'd miss out on all the fun of the next general election coverage.
    • boliston
    • By boliston 9th Jun 17, 2:11 PM
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    there is enough election coverage without annoying tv coverage as well!

    where do you draw the line? next you might be expected to pay a share of the sky sub if someone wants sky - i just find tv generally irritating so would refuse on principle to have anything to do with it
    • Paul H 42
    • By Paul H 42 10th Jun 17, 9:33 AM
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    How would you share a fine if it was for you?
    If everyone plays the same game maybe there won't be a licence. If you answer the door when the TV's on, you might find yourself being fined for watching TV without a licence. You might find a court doesn't believe your protestations about never watching it. Then having played hardball over the licence would you be able to persuade your flatmates to play ball with you? If you are really sharing, and trying to have good relations, is it worth taking a stand over such a small amount of money (as others have pointed out)?
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