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Debate Score:31
Total Votes:34
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I went to Ireland to visit some family for the VERY FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE. I know it sounds ridiculous because I live in England, but it's so weird! You need a. License to watch TV, and I don't think I could ever live there. But is it strange that, all of 14 years spent in England and I've never been to Ireland?


Side Score: 12


Side Score: 19
2 points

Amazingly you don't feel this " weirdness " in the U K when you your license?

Thanks Jimbo for the " Heads up "

The licence fee changed on 1 April 2017.

A colour TV Licence costs £147, an increase of £1.50 on the previous fee.

Ways to pay for a TV Licence

There is no change to the free over 75 TV Licence.

If you are blind (severely sight impaired), you can still apply for a 50% concession. This means a colour licence costs £73.50, an increase of 75p.

The cost of Accommodation for Residential Care (ARC) concessionary licences hasn't changed. These licences are available to people living in certain types of residential care.

A black and white licence costs £49.50, an increase of 50p.

Will my payment plan change?

If you started a payment plan before 1 April 2017, you will continue to pay towards a licence fee of £145.50 until your licence is due to be renewed.

Why does the licence fee change?

The Government is responsible for setting the level of the licence fee, and in 2016 announced that it would change in line with inflation for five years from 1 April 2017. This was the first time the licence fee had changed since 1 April 2010.

Side: Yes
0 points

Whatever floats your boat, i guess. . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I did all of those dots to make my view 50 characters lol!

Side: Yes
2 points

You were in the Republic of Ireland as you mentioned we pay a license .

So you couldn't live in the Republic of Ireland because we pay for a T V license ?

I'm an artist I'm totally tax free on all my earnings in the Republic of Ireland under artists exemption if I lived in Britain I would be taxed to the hilt so I guess we have our " perks "

Side: No
2 points

The B.B.C. television licensing authorities will be a-knock-knocking on your door any day now.

You say you live in England and yet don't know that everyone with a television receiver/set, including a computer with a television receiving capability, has to by law have a T.V., license.

I'm sure the Irish will be delighted that someone who doesn't know what's happening in their own 'backyard' never mind the world around them, doesn't want to live in Ireland.

You dummies are only just starting to pay the very heavy price you are going to endure for voting in favour of Brexit.

The figures for European workers, including nurses going to Britain to work have been falling since you lot decided to make it on your own.

Side: No
JimboR(87) Disputed
1 point

Don't lump us all together. Some of us voted to remain in the EU and lament the way the referendum was handled and concluded.

Side: Yes
mrcatsam(503) Disputed
1 point

Oh gosh, you're right! I'm sorry, I was really tired while making the debate. Sorry about that. But I like to see what everyone has to say about it.

Side: Yes
1 point

You need a license in the UK to watch TV legally, it's no different in Ireland as far as I can tell.

Side: No
1 point

Thanks Jimbo , you're right , I must check such throwaway claims in the future , I will post it up 👌

Side: No
1 point

I had to look up that television license thing to confirm it was true. Looks like just another way to raise money. But then again let's approach this like if it was a gun license!

Requiring a license or registration is the FIRST STEP the government does before it takes your TVs away! When it becomes illegal to own a TV then ONLY THE CRIMINALS will have TVs! And when only the criminals have TVs then they'll be watching the all points bulletins about who the police will be trying to catch and meanwhile the law abiding public will be clueless about it.

Side: No
Antrim(1304) Clarified
1 point

In reality the license fee goes exclusively to finance the B.B.C., who argue that it's public financed status makes it the most unbiased and ethnically even balanced broadcaster in the world.

The governments of the day are regularly criticised and their skulduggery exposed without 'fear or favour' by the B.B.C.

Their financial independence from any of the large corporations has resulted in their pronounced unbiased investigative journalism being considered by many to be the best in the world.

Side: Yes
Grenache(6104) Clarified
1 point


You're not going to let me have any fun in here today, are you?

Side: Yes