Fairer Taxes

A review of taxation is taking place.

One tax that I’ve always been mystified by the most regressive tax that affects virtually all households and is evaded every year by 5.2% of those that meant to pay – TV licences.

The govt sets the amount of the licence and who doesn’t pay. After that all households have to pay whatever their ability to pay.

On top of this it’s a chore for most people to pay and the poorest who often pay by cash are most inconvenienced.

So I’d suggest getting rid of the annual TV licence. It would be fairer without it, simpler, more efficient, greener without forms etc, would remove 140,000 people mostly women from the criminal system every year (10% of all magistrate cases) who end up with criminal records.

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