April 16, 2024

Donegal TD Thomas Pringle has referred to as on the federal government to scrap the TV license as soon as and for all, changing it with Exchequer funding.

The €160 price, he mentioned, shouldn’t be taken from the various households who reside paycheck to paycheck.

“How is it that it’s by some means inexpensive to provide each family within the nation greater than €400 value of electrical energy credit, whereas on the similar time unaffordable to scrap a €160 tv price?,” Deputy Pringle requested the federal government yesterday.

The deputy was talking within the Dáil in assist of the Sinn Féin movement re Reform of the Tv License Charge Mannequin.

Sinn Féin is proposing to immediately make investments Exchequer funding in a platform-neutral Media Fund, which might assist RTÉ and TG4 in addition to public service content material manufacturing and actions of business, native and group suppliers, and introduce a authorized amnesty from prosecution for many who haven’t paid their licence price.

Deputy Pringle echoed his assist that the TV licence price must be waived instantly, till a brand new funding mannequin is carried out.

“Essentially the most weak get left behind when welfare will increase don’t correlate with will increase elsewhere within the financial system and no quantity of one-off funds will tackle this reality. The one means we are able to successfully tackle the earnings hole is by guaranteeing long-term social welfare will increase and guaranteeing that charges, such because the TV licence, are paid by way of normal taxation. 

“This can be a a lot fairer system the place those that pays extra achieve this and people who can’t aren’t compelled to,” he mentioned.

The deputy additionally expressed assist for the just about 200 workers who work at An Submit within the assortment of license charges, saying, “no matter occurs with the tv license, these jobs can’t be misplaced”.

 

‘Unfair’ TV license price must be scrapped – Pringle was final modified: February 14th, 2024 by Workers Author