The BBC TV license could be replaced by a new tax levy – what we know so far

British households could be facing a new one BBC taxeven if they don’t have a TV at home.

The change to BBC TV License could see the current fee of £159 per year dropped to make way for a viable alternative current license feehas proposed a new report.

The Lords Communications and Digital Committee said the model, which would require each household to pay a flat fee regardless of consumption, could provide the broadcaster with “predictable and sustainable levels of income”.

In a report on the BBC’s future funding, the committee said a means test would be needed to make it fairer than the current model, with the fee being linked to council tax to achieve this.

This method was introduced in Switzerland and Germany, where people are charged for their public broadcasting service depending on the property tax they pay.

In the 73-page document, the committee said many of the benefits of the existing royalty were “under threat” and that the model had become “regressive.”

It ruled out two financing models that have been widely touted in the ongoing debate surrounding the group’s funding.

John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Taxpayers should not be forced to support the BBC through license fees or other taxes. This crazy concept is no better than the license fee.”

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BBC ‘open’ to future funding

It comes after Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries announced in January that the license fee would be frozen at £159 for the next two years until April 2024.

The minister said she wants to find a new funding model before the current deal expires in 2027 as it is “completely outdated”.

She also announced a review of the BBC’s funding model, which she later said was due to begin before the Commons’ summer recess on July 22, although this has been called into question following Boris Johnson’s resignation as Tory leader.

A BBC spokesman said: “We welcome the Lord’s report. We agree that we must continue to reform, which we have done at pace.

“The BBC clearly needs to remain relevant and we welcome the report’s finding that market failure by the BBC would not be a good outcome.

“Moreover, we are open to the future and it is right that there is discussion about whether the license fee needs to be further developed and if so, what comes next.”—know-far/?ref=rss The BBC TV license could be replaced by a new tax levy – what we know so far

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