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Old 13th May 2015, 10:59
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What about council taxes? I pay council taxes, but I have yet to use any council resources.
Unless you live outwith the area where you pay your council tax or your dwelling is out in the sticks, there are, presumably street lights, street cleaning and refuse collections (even though you might not generate anything to be collected) that keeps your area 'safe' (helped by the police).
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Old 13th May 2015, 12:36
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The last time I listened to BBC Radio was the Shipping Forecast on Long Wave, whilst sailing off South West beyond Trafalgar. It was the last good thing left on. Even then, they had stopped giving the Trafalgar area forecast on all broadcasts, which is a problem when reception starts to get broken - one can usually get the gist if there's two broadcasts in short order. And they kept the one at the time of day with the worst reception. I think they've forgotten that the Shipping Forecast is for ships, not luvvies in Islington to romanticise about.
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Old 13th May 2015, 15:07
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What about council taxes? I pay council taxes, but I have yet to use any council resources.
Unless you live outwith the area where you pay your council tax or your dwelling is out in the sticks, there are, presumably street lights, street cleaning and refuse collections (even though you might not generate anything to be collected) that keeps your area 'safe' (helped by the police).
So, if I stop paying council tax, will they shut off those stupid street lights that shine into my back garden while I'm trying to look through my telescope at Jupiter?
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Old 13th May 2015, 15:24
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LEAVE THE BBC THE **** ALONE OR ELSE!!!
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Old 13th May 2015, 17:15
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I, like Henry binned the TV years ago due to the lack of engaging material, and believe me, in this country one has the option of ARD & ZDF (BBC 1 and 2 in principle) and a rake of commercial channels endlessly spewing 'reality shows' or repeated and over-dubbed national geographic and BBC documentaries.
The natives are clever though, they extended their TV licence fee to cover Internet capable landlines as well. Even if you possess neither television, radio or smartphone, as soon as you have an Internet capable land line ....that'll be 400+ per year sir, or we'll send the chaps with the long leather coats and even longer Mercedes around. I even have a disabled pass (being in a wheelchair), and even that didn't cut the wurst.

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Old 13th May 2015, 21:32
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So, if I stop paying council tax, will they shut off those stupid street lights that shine into my back garden while I'm trying to look through my telescope at Jupiter?
If it's a modern system then all you need is to know the right URL and passwords and you can switch them off yourself
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Old 13th May 2015, 22:25
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So, if I stop paying council tax, will they shut off those stupid street lights that shine into my back garden while I'm trying to look through my telescope at Jupiter?
Council tax seems to pay for a lot of services, from policing through to local road repairs and street lights, to refuse collection, environmental health services, libraries etc etc.

Much of what it pays for is effectively hidden, as they are things we take for granted much of the time, but overall it doesn't seem too much to pay for what we get.

Arguably it is "unfair", as some communities receive more services than others. Our village has no street lights at all, for example, (which I rather like) and we only have a mobile library service with a limited choice, but we do receive council funding towards running the village hall, clearing the stream that runs past our house (to limit flooding) and support with things like putting together our Neighbourhood Plan, which gives each of us a say in how we'd like our village to develop, and how we want to address key issues like affordable housing for local people who have grown up in our community.
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Old 14th May 2015, 04:55
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Simple equation really. David Cameron's daughter went on hunger strike because the BBC sacked Jeremy Clarckson. Jeremy is part of David's Chipping Norton crowd. David gets back into power and puts the person who hates the BBC the most in charge of the department responsible for it.

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Old 14th May 2015, 11:15
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Hi Tom 77

Many thanks for the advice, I'm in the UK for 3 days at the end of the month so I will look into it

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Old 14th May 2015, 22:32
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Old 15th May 2015, 18:44
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If the Beeb is good enough for Her Majesty.......oh, it isn't

BBC misses out on showing Queen's 90th birthday celebrations after Jubilee criticism - Telegraph
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Old 16th May 2015, 14:46
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I'm not usually anti BBC like most of the PPRuNe Attila the Hun fan club. But they are definitely off the Christmas card list this year for totally ballsing up the last lap of the NW 200 Supersport race by streaming the football commentary instead of the race commentary which also seemed to freeze the visuals as well. Thanks a Bunch!

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Old 16th May 2015, 14:58
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Old 16th May 2015, 15:28
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Same in the UK jetslut....... "The natives are clever though, they extended their TV licence fee to cover Internet capable landlines as well. Even if you possess neither television, radio or smartphone, as soon as you have an Internet capable land line"

Just paid 145.50 for the same in UK. It's all a EU conspiracy. Where is Nigel when we need him?
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Old 17th May 2015, 07:14
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That's not true daz, you only pay if you watch television programs, not if you have access to the Internet. Realistically if you don't own a TV and haven't purchased any of the number of boxes that can connect to your computer to show TV then you don't need to pay.
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Old 17th May 2015, 07:28
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You need a licence if you watch Live TV, regardless of what you watch it on.

You do not need a licence if you only watch on demand.
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Old 29th Jun 2015, 22:09
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Eurosport wins Olympic TV rights for Europe - BBC News

It means the BBC could lose coverage of the Games in the UK from 2022, although Eurosport's parent company Discovery may lease back some of the rights.
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Old 30th Jun 2015, 19:00
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Joy ride - I'm with you, you definitely don't know what you have 'till it's gone but by then we will be at mercy of the Murdoch clan and will have no choice.

Pay an exorbitant monthly subscription AND watch adverts? - not on your nelly.
Just my twopenneths worth!
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Old 1st Jul 2015, 12:31
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they are hopelessly out of date in the way of doing the money-collecting
Same problem as everyone else, though - music, books, academic journals, ect ect - nobody has the answer worked out.


The first few players in the game could live on advertising, until the screens got too small, but that's not scalable indefinitely.


Look at some games sites - there are some free games sites where most of the ads are for ... other free games sites! - where's the money coming into the system, someone has to buy the servers and pay the electricity bills?
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Old 1st Jul 2015, 15:19
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I'm not sure the BBC or HMG understand the young. I have 2 bright 20 something daughters. Neither have ever paid the BBC tax and neither will while the law is as it stands.

I still want a bunch of foreign consultants to run real hard Zero based budgeting for the BBC. Easily take out 60+% of costs.
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