By Frank Hovis
A good news story for a change. Whilst of course cancelling doesn't necessarily equate to a permanent opt out, as is the case for the moe discerning DOSBODders like @JoeDavola, @Harley and, well modesty prevents, some of these will be that and that looks like the obvious reason for the upward trend - in a world of on-demand streaming who needs a licence?
So how many don't pay the television tax?
Well the figure quoted below is 25.8m licences.
Per the ONS there were 27.2m housholds in the UK in 2017 https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/families/bulletins/familiesandhouseholds/2017
The best estimate I can find for over 75 licence housholds, so currently free, is a fifth of licences. But I'm not linking to it as it was in the guardian. Say 5.2m.
So that adds up to:
27.2m households 1.4m without a licence - 5% 5.2m with a free licence - 19% 20.6m with a paid for licence - 76% And they're losing them from that 76%; nobody with a free licence is likely to just give it up.
It used to be that the ONS didn't even collect data on TV licence holding as so few didn't have them.
The charming threatening letters I get from the TV licensing people used to quote the number of households with licences but have ceased to do that as the number is falling.
5% withouta licence is significant and that figure is only going to go one way as the current crop of schoolkids rarerly watch TV.
So, having lobbied for subsidized employment (tax credits etc) for years, thus helping to fill the country with government subsidized migrants, and threatened automation whenever this was questioned, they’re now going to do it anyway, as they always were going to. Just as all the employers of this type will do, as Aldi and Lidl take their market share.
So the UK might as well not have had the last 20 years of falsified high employment, automation was always going to come, and now in addition to the millions of the uk’s own unskilled on the dole there will be all the newbies too.
By The XYY Man
I have always loved radios - and would listen to the likes of Radio Luxembourg fading in and out on 208m back in the 70s.
Today, I decided to listen to Radio 4 for an hour or so - as I hadn't done so in quite some time.
From 3pm this afternoon, I listened to a half-hour edition of "Money Box" that was basically Brexit is bad, Brexit is bad, Brexit is bad - and then at half-three, the 30th anniversary edition of "All In The Mind" which was pretty much 30 minutes of Trump Is A Cunt, Trump Is A Cunt, Trump Is A Cunt..!!!
We pay for this shit.
The only bit of the whole hour''s broadcast that I believed was the time-signal at four o'clock.
And I even then I checked that fucker against four independent sources...!!!
This country of ours is so royally fucked - beyond numbers that I cannot even begin to fathom...
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