Free TV licences to be scrapped for millions of over-75s - MSE News

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  • Section106Section106 Forumite
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    Doc_N wrote: »
    Except that the government has the downright cheek to be blaming the BBC for this - when it's actually the government that dumped the financial responsibility for it from itself to the BBC.
    I blame the Government for not having the mettle to scrap the Licence completely.

    If it was scrapped then there would be no need for the general taxpayer to be robbed of money to provide the concession for over-75s, many of whom are more than capable of paying the full fee anyway.

    A decent Tory Government would privatise the BBC and remove the absurdity of having to pay for an entertainment service whether or not you want to use it.
  • Section106Section106 Forumite
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    pphillips wrote: »
    "The basic annual salary for an MP from 1 April 2019 is £79,468."
    https://www.parliament.uk/about/mps-and-lords/members/pay-mps/

    The annual salary for the BBC's Director-General is "£450,000".
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Director-General_of_the_BBC
  • Rich2808Rich2808 Forumite
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    Sack Gary Lineker - so he can work full time for BT sport - for doing one hour's a week presenting most of the time and the BBC could fund the licence fee of nearly 12,000 over 75s alone.

    Throw in Graham Norton and that is a total of around 30,000 over 75s sorted with just two changes.

    Keep going...and give some younger talent on less pay a chance!
  • martinbuckleymartinbuckley Forumite
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    Since the financial crash in 2008, pretty much every demograph has suffered a real-terms cut in their income, except the OAPs, who have continued to enjoy triple locked pensions, free travel, free TV licences, free this, free that etc. Someone's got to fund all this, and its now got to the point where the working population simply cannot pay any more to fund the freebies for the oldies.

    Remember - we're all in it together....
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    Section106 wrote: »
    A decent Tory Government

    More chance of a herd of Unicorns grazing in your garden than a Decent Tory Government.
  • Doc_NDoc_N Forumite
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    Section106 wrote: »
    The annual salary for the BBC's Director-General is "£450,000".
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Director-General_of_the_BBC


    And?

    It's a remarkably low corporate salary, particularly for something of the size and complexity of the BBC.

    Check out the Moneysupermarket Group (owners of this website) for example. Two directors each had remuneration for 2017 in excess of £1m.
  • Section106Section106 Forumite
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    Doc_N wrote: »
    And?

    It's a remarkably low corporate salary, particularly for something of the size and complexity of the BBC.

    Check out the Moneysupermarket Group (owners of this website) for example. Two directors each had remuneration for 2017 in excess of £1m.
    I might be out of touch, but last time I looked Moneysupermarket Group didn't define itself as a "public service" and fund itself via a compulsory tax on anybody using the internet to access information about financial products or services, regardless of whether or not they used sites provided by the company.

    However, if the principle of remuneration being proportional to the size and complexity of the organisation worked for is accepted, then £79,468 is a pittance for having responsibility for helping to run something as large and complex as the UK.
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    best news yet
  • Doc_NDoc_N Forumite
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    Section106 wrote: »
    I might be out of touch, but last time I looked Moneysupermarket Group didn't define itself as a "public service" and fund itself via a compulsory tax on anybody using the internet to access information about financial products or services, regardless of whether or not they used sites provided by the company.

    However, if the principle of remuneration being proportional to the size and complexity of the organisation worked for is accepted, then £79,468 is a pittance for having responsibility for helping to run something as large and complex as the UK.

    Your reference to the PM's salary rather proves the point that if public service posts aren't properly funded you end up with incompetents - look at the last two Prime Ministers, for example, and look at the front-runner for the replacement. All total incompetents.
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    My late Mil got the free TVL but even she agreed that the cost of the scheme was disproportionate to the benefit. the best bet is to increase pension credit by £110 and do away with the overstaffed department that deals with this stuff.
    The fewer benefits there are, the lower the admin cost, not exactly rocket science
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