TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to kick off of licence fee negotiations

Embargo - 00:01 Tuesday 10 November 2020


Responding to the start of negotiations on the future cost of the TV licence, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“These talks must deliver a fairer deal for taxpayers.

“Auntie should be ordered to keep costs down to protect households from yet another painful rise in the licence fee. But to guarantee the best value for money, ministers must prepare to bring the BBC’s funding model into the 21st-century.

“In the long term, public service broadcasters can only compete and survive if we axe the TV tax and let the BBC stand on its own two feet.”


TPA spokesmen are available for live and pre-recorded broadcast interviews via 07795 084 113 (no texts)


Media contact:

Danielle Boxall
Media Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
[email protected]
24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113 (no texts)


Notes to editors:

  1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) campaigns to reform taxes and public services, cut waste and speak up for British taxpayers. Find out more at

  2. TaxPayers' Alliance's advisory council.

  3. The TaxPayers Alliance have launched the ‘Axe the Tax’ campaign.

  4. The TaxPayers’ Alliance has called for the decriminalisation of the licence fee, with thousands of supporters submitting to the government’s public consultation. 
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