Digital Britain 50p tax 'to be law' by next election

Digital Britain 50p tax 'to be law' by next election

Summary: Stephen Timms, the minister for Digital Britain, has reiterated the government's intention to press ahead with a £6-a-year tax that will pay for the rollout of next-generation broadband in the UK."The levy on telephone lines - 50p a month… will be in the finance bill which I'm also responsible for at the Treasury and my aim is that we should legislate for that this side of the general election," Timms said at a British Computer Society panel debate on Wednesday.

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From silicon.comStephen Timms, the minister for Digital Britain, has reiterated the government's intention to press ahead with a £6-a-year tax that will pay for the rollout of next-generation broadband in the UK.

"The levy on telephone lines - 50p a month… will be in the finance bill which I'm also responsible for at the Treasury and my aim is that we should legislate for that this side of the general election," Timms said at a British Computer Society panel debate on Wednesday.

The minister went on to talk about how the government's broadband plans would fare in the face of spending cuts. For more on Timm's remarks about Digital Britain, check out the story on silicon.com.

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  • Digital Britain 50p tax 'to be law' by next election

    I still think this is fundamentally immoral. My Grandmother hasn't got broadband and doesn't want broadband. However, she will have to pay
    richard@...
  • Digital Britain 50p tax 'to be law' by next election

    If broadband benefits the economy as a whole, then everyone benefits, regardless of whether they use the internet or not.
    1000238123
  • Digital Britain 50p tax 'to be law' by next election

    Another labour stealth tax that will never get used for what they state it will.

    This country has been virtually brought to its knees by labour, its taxes and incompetence.

    They probably look in to taxing people with computers next.
    pjc158
  • Digital Britain 50p tax 'to be law' by next election

    So now, BT who squandered their huge profits over the past years gets a handout from the long-suffering customers in order that they can do what they should have been doing all along - maintaining a viable modern infrastucture.

    Oh, and I know exactly how BT blew some of the dosh - I've worked on one of their 'smaller' City projects.

    I still don't know why they needed an auditorium opposite St Pauls with multiple broadcast standard feeds, two-person state-of-the-art dedicated sound and video control room, along with 4 oak panelled boardrooms, each with their own full video conferencing AV setup
    Tezzer-5cae2
  • Digital Britain 50p tax 'to be law' by next election

    1. If it is to benefit all, then it should be part of general income tax.

    2. However "easy" it is to collect, it is added bureaucracy, expense and paperwork, let alone the quango needed for how to spend it.

    3. I personally object. I paid
    336657