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FW: Petition re RNLI - please read and sign if you agree

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  • Paul Scott
    All, The email below is self explanatory. Rgds Paul Hello All, Could I please ask that you read the e mail below, and if you are in agreement, add your
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 2, 2008


      The email below is self explanatory.



      Hello All,
      Could I please ask that you read the e mail below, and if you are in
      agreement, add your signature to the petition reached by clicking on the
      link at the bottom of the message. You may wish to pass this to others
      who may support it.

      The RNLI survives totally on charitable donations, and exists only to
      save life. An increase in charges to use its emegency radio frequencies
      seems to have no reason or logic to it. The money invovled is a large sum
      to a charity, but small change to government.
      For information, use of maritime frequencies is without charge to leisure
      users, the Government appears to want to put the RNLI on the same charges
      as commercial users.

      The background:


      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

      £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.

      http://petitions. number10. gov.uk/RNLI- RF-licences/

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