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Proposal: individual tax should replace TV and radio licence fee

Published måndag 16 oktober 2017 kl 14.57
Committe chair: A fee that is completely separate from the state's budget
(3:17 min)
Two men and one woman by a screen with bullet points
Sture Nordh has been the chairman of the committee, while Ida Karkiainen, Social Democrat MP and Olof Lavesson, Moderate party MP, have been members of the parliamentary committee into the future of public service financing. Credit: Alexander Larsson Vierth/TT

A committee, appointed by the Culture Ministry, has proposed that the TV and radio licence should replaced by an individual public service fee, which is income-related.

A study into the future financing of public service was presented on Monday to Minister of Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke. The study was commissioned after it was deemed that the current tv-licence does not work, partly because people do not pay it as they should, and partly because many people watch or listen to public service over the internet, in other words, it is no longer linked to owning a TV.

The new public service fee, if approved by Parliament, would be a tax paid by everybody over the age of 18, who earns an income. It would be specifically earmarked for public service, which means the fee would not become part of the normal state budget. The funding for public service would, according to the proposal, in the future be allocated for eight years at a time, as a way to further ensure the independence of public service from the politicians in parliament.

At the moment, the TV- and Radio licence costs SEK 2,340 per household per year. In the future, the fee would be up to 1,308 SEK per year, per adult, depending on their income.

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