RNLI Shafted by HMG

No need for the Outrage bus. Just sign the petition.

LIFEBOAT crews fear being scuppered by crippling new charges for using their radios from Ofcom, the communications regulator. The RNLI could see the price of using its VHF emergency frequencies rise to £250,000 under plans to charge the full commercial rate.

The charity, which saves hundreds of lives every year currently pays an annual £48,000 at a discounted rate of 50 per cent. It relies on donations and fears the move will have a disastrous impact on fundraising. Peter Bradley, RNLI operations staff officer, said: 'It's a lot of money when you think in terms of lifeboat days and little old ladies collecting pound coins.'

'We could buy several inshore lifeboats for the same amount.'

'The Government rely on us to provide this search-and-rescue service, at a cost of £124 million a year, but they want to charge us for doing it!'

Ofcom has set out plans to bring 'market forces' into maritime and civil aviation communications in a policy it calls Administered Incentive Pricing.

£250,000 represents an awful lot of charity collections, even more so in the current economic climate so, if like me you feel strongly enough about this, please sign the petition below.


Please forward to anyone you think might help by signing the petition.
Just by way of balance, I was told a couple of years ago (reliable source) that The RNLI collects far more each year than it spends, and has been the subject of a Charity Commisioners investigation into its fundraising and spending.

I understand that it is now giving grants to related charities, including the Sea Cadets etc, as a way of dealing with the Charity Commissioners recommendations.

Perhaps this is a way of the government "taxing" their income.

B*stards anyway. F*cking socialists, Ive sh*t 'em.

(Edited once for mongtype.)
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