Middle class families will be forced to pay more for the licence fee than poor households under plans for a Finnish-style means tested broadcasting levy to pay for the BBC.
John Whittingdale, the Culture Secretary, will today publish a green paper which will propose “root and branch reform” of the BBC as part of its royal charter renewal.
Mr Whittingdale’s green paper will open the door to a replacement for the £145.50 licence fee, which he has previously described as being “worse than the poll tax”.Oh, really? Well, I thought the poll tax was quite a progressive tax (in the good sense of the word ‘progressive’), but one of the reasons it brought anarchy to the streets was that those that had previously flown beneath the radar and mooched off their parents or others without paying anything were suddenly made accountable.
And it looks like this is going to happen again, if this proposal goes ahead:
Under the Finnish system, everyone in the country is required to pay the licence even if they do not have a television.
It means that there can be multiple payers of the levy in a single household.Pity Teresa ruled out those water cannons, eh?