Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, March 06, 2017

Licenses for your car, your motorcycle, your bike, and your television. Television!??

If you marvel at the productions of the BBC, you ought to marvel at the license fee for televisions in the UK.

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The UK's annual television licence fee is to rise to £147 from £145.50 [$182], the government has announced.

The increase, which will come into effect on 1 April, marks the the first rise in the licence fee since 2010…

Last year, the government announced that it would rise in line with inflation from April 2017 for the next five years.

The Government is responsible for setting the level of the licence fee, which covers all BBC services and contributes to the costs of rolling out broadband to the UK population.

It also helps to fund the Welsh Language TV channel S4C and local TV channels…

Licence fee payers will receive a payment plan or a reminder reflecting the new amount when their licence is next due for renewal, the BBC said in a statement.

Those buying or renewing a licence after 1 April will pay the new fee.

Those already buying a licence on an instalment scheme which started before 1 April will continue to make payments totalling £145.50 until their licence comes up for renewal…

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