I was initially going to make my next blog all about moving home with FM, but I have parked that for now as something else has popped up which I need to get off my chest.
Ok, I pay my bills. I spend no money from my monthly pay on myself until bills are paid. Maybe it is because of the job I do, but I HATE to owe money and I despise having anything outstanding when it is my sole responsibility to keep bills up to speed.
I am not moaning about having to pay bills, I am raging about the AMOUNT I have to pay on two bills in particular, Council Tax and TV Licence.
OK, no problem, I know it has to be paid. However, my issue is this; As a single occupant, why do I only get a 25% discount? The average monthly council tax is £100, and if you have a couple, that is what they pay, essentially, £50 per adult. Therefore, as a single occupant, I am of the strong belief that we should get 50% discount.
Single occupants produce half of the waste that a couple does, so that covers refuse. We still have to pay a full rent, utility bills, tv licence, other bills, so when do we get a break? I don’t get tax credit as I don’t have children, or childrens allowance, and I cannot expect anybody to help me with my monthly bills and indeed, the government would not help a single person unless they earned £10k a year or less. Esssentially, this means that my disposable income is significantly less than a dual income household, yet I still have to pay out hand over fist.
Of course having children costs more and of course families are put first by the government, but I have to be honest in that it is a CHOICE to have children and parents generally only have as many children as they can afford, but again, it is my choice not to have children so why should I be penalised? Also, what about the pensioners who have paid out on their NI all their lives, Veterans and Disabled people? What about them? Oh yes, they are all being penalised because the government cannot afford to help them. SO FRUSTRATING
This has really stuck in my craw. For the first time in my life, I opted to pay for the TV licence by monthly direct debit instead of in full, in advance, as I have always done before.
The BBC advertises abundantly that the TV licence is split over 12 months if you choose to pay by Direct Debit, but IT IS NOT!!! The advertising is totally misleading!!!!! What they do, is split a whole years licence over your first four months of Direct Debit (£36 per month) and on your fifth month you go on to the monthly amount of £12!!!! WTF??
You are paying EIGHT MONTHS IN ADVANCE. I contested this and after reaming off a response full of legisltaive DRIVEL , TV licencing had this to say;
” Allowing people to pay completely in arrears at the standard rate would affect the BBC financially and could mean increasing the licence fee for everyone”
B*LLOCKS!!!!! What sort of customer service is this??? Do they assume that the UK licence payer is STUPID???
Further to this;
“If you don’t have six months to run on your current licence, or you don’t have a licence, you?ll make higher payments to begin with. This lets you catch up, usually over five or six months. This puts you in a position where you can start paying for future licences, six months in advance and six months in arrears.”
Bearing in mind that the BBC is not even producing anything close to quality TV, is patronising and condescending in it’s news broadcasts and the majority of people in the UK have cable or satellite TV, they are utterly REDUNDANT and I begrudge paying for NOTHING. So what are we actually paying for?;
“I should initially explain that when you buy a TV Licence, you’re paying for a legal permission to install or use television-receiving equipment until the licence expires.
Unlike utility bills that are usually paid for in arrears, the licence fee is a legal permission and is normally paid for in advance at the start of the licence. The licence fee is fixed and isn’t related to the value a person thinks they’ve gained from it. You need to pay the full fee regardless of which channels are received”
Apparently, TV licencing doesn’t give a toss about the quality of programming, but choose to shift the blame to the government as you have to pay to own a TV. So it is not to pay for programming, to fund the BBC, or any of that pap, it is to pay for a legal permission. Two things in this really annoy me, a. the utter contradiction! b. the use of “they’ve, you’ve, you’re”..THEY HAVE, YOU HAVE, YOU ARE. FFS!!!! it is the same amount of characters!!!!! Sheesh.
Also, a single person is only likely to have one tv, whereas a family can have as many tv’s as members of the family, so again, if the licence was broken down per adult, a single person SHOULD get a discount, but no, we have to pay more, again.
It really is terribly unfair and really not cricket.
Anyhoo, rant over.