RNLI Shafted by HMG

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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.

Edited for mong spelling.


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I agree totally. Signed.
Just to be pedantic, but presume you mean sign not sing!

See, the Government doesn't just shaft the military. It does not discriminate. It bleeds everyone dry.
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.

PS Why is this in 2 threads?
rockpile said:
See, the Government doesn't just shaft the military. It does not discriminate. It bleeds everyone dry.
Time for the coup!


They wont have much funds soon as they were whinging about tax on fuel.
Pity the RNLI didn't just stop providing their service,(I'm fully aware they would not do so) that would be something else that government would then have to supply.

On a similar note, isn't it about time we stopped relying on charity to provide Air ambulances?
Invictus_88 said:
Have any other signatories got the clarification email yet?

Although this petition is not due to close until 8 October 2009, Ofcom have contacted the Prime Minister’s office, and asked that we publish the following clarification:

Ofcom has been consulting on introducing spectrum pricing to the aeronautical and maritime sectors. We are doing this because radio spectrum is a scarce and valuable resource and lots of different users want to use it. It’s important that it is managed as efficiently as possible, because then society as a whole can get the most out of the finite amount available.

One of the ways that we try to achieve this is by charging users for the spectrum - or airwaves - they use. This already includes a huge array of public and private sector users, including MOD, NHS, ambulance, police and taxi firms. But we recognise the special position of safety of life charities, which is why they receive a 50 per cent discount on their current fees.

What we are proposing in the maritime case is simply to change the ways fees are worked out so that they aren’t based on the admin costs of issuing a licence, but on how much spectrum is used. Under our proposals the RNLI might actually pay less than they do now. We estimate that they could pay around £20,000 compared to the £40,000 that they currently pay.

The consultation closed at the end of last month. Ofcom will now take stock of the responses, and any updates will be posted on the Ofcom website
Signed. My brother is a lifeboatman and I've just found a photo of him on the RNLI website doing a shite-eating cheesy grin after getting a certificate for some bravery type thing....

I mean - how hard can it be to drag people from the water?? It's a good job he's got a REAL job as well. :wink:

Cow - check PMs.
Jesus christ on a canoe.
I never knew It was the same in the UK....
Here we dont get paid... we have to pay to be affiliated to the national lifesaving organization.
We only have boats/boards and patrol kit because of seperate sponsors, but as soon as it goes tits up we get the flak.
I am not sure if I can sign.. I am a UK citizen but am living in SA...
It's amazing that they don't just do the right thing immediately and say "sorry boys and girls of the RNLI, we didn't think of you when we came out with this draft... having thought about it, you can have your licences gratis. Good luck and here's £500 because we reckon you do a class job."

Why the fcuk are they paying for it in the first place?

Agree with the poster above about air ambulance, this should not be a charity, take the cost from the overseas aid budget.
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