“Be more like the French!” Nigel Farage calls on mps to abolish the TV licence charge like Macron.

President Emmanuel Macron, who was just re-elected, put forward the new laws to keep his campaign promises, which included many policies aimed at “increasing the buying power of French households.”

He believed that removing the outdated TV licence model, which was a levy on homes, would aid low-income people in their struggle with the rising cost of life.

Numerous individuals in the UK, usually women from low-income families, have been imprisoned for failing to pay the BBC TV licence, which supports the seven-and six-figure incomes of millionaires like football pundit Gary Lineker.

French public radio and its new TV stations are funded in part by the country’s licencing fee, which was established decades ago.

It most recently cost €138 (£116) less per year than the £159 it took to start the BBC in Britain and was applied to every home with a TV.

The majority of the services provided by Radio France and France Televisions (which includes five national channels and many more regional ones), as well as their programming schedules, commissioned content, and workforce of about 110,000 people, were funded by the approximately £3 billion per year it brought in.

Thousands of workers of French broadcasters went on strike as a result of the decision, but Macron and the French Assembly persisted.

The campaign group Defund the BBC has been at the forefront of efforts to abolish the licence fee in the UK.

Defund the BBC campaign director Rebecca Ryan stated: “This is one of the rare occasions that Britain should follow the example set by France in scrapping the TV licence fee.”

“The current government have consistently flirted with the idea of abolishing this outdated concept but have failed to fully commit.”

“The two leadership candidates should show leadership on this issue and set out a cast iron guarantee that they will get rid of the Licence Fee if they become PM.”

But members of the House of Lords want to force all British taxpayers to give more money to the BBC.

In a recent report, a Lords committee on the future of the licence fee, which included former BBC Director General Lord Hall and members who had been paid by the Corporation, suggested replacing the current cost with a household tax, whether or not a person owned a TV.

But in a new book of ideas, the powerful Common Sense Group of conservative MPs called for getting rid of the licence fee as a first step toward breaking up the BBC. Source

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