‘Household tax’ could replace TV licence fee

The TV licence fee could be replaced by a compulsory ‘household tax’ that would mean richer people pay more, says the outgoing director-general at the BBC, Lord Hall.

He believes more progressive alternatives to the TV licence has to be looked at. Collection of the licence and tracking down evaders would be streamlined if the tax was collected with council tax (as it is in Germany). The current set-up is guaranteed until 2027, but the government believes there is a need for a fee that works in a digital world.

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