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    If anyone is interested in signing this petition the RNLI would be very grateful.

    The link is at the end of the message.

    For info/action. Please forward to anyone you think might help by signing the petition.

    The background:

    RADIOS BILL MAY SCUPPER RNLI

    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.

    http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/RNLI-RF-licences/
    Petition to: Protect the RNLI from paying licence fees for using Maritime radio frequencies. | Number10.gov.uk
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    I signed the petition and tonight got a reply from 10 Downing street stating that OFCOM intend to charge a lot less than 250,OOO. Click on following link to get the story.
    http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page17368

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    And the last time a government told us a cost would be so much less than we feared.......................

    Give them no room to wriggle away from fair play. Not that I'm the least wee bit cynical.

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    Signed... will get a few others to sign too

    Personally I think the government should supply the use of VHF radio for free to the RNLI just like they do to the other emergency services.

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    I have to agree, why would anyone want to charge an emergency service. I understand that the RNLI is not government funded (thank goodness) but it is still a vital part of Britain's maritime heritage let alone how vital it is.
    I came across this petition on the N.10 website and after signing it myself I mailed to everyone I know would be supportive.
    I got the same reply indicating that the charges would be less, but for me it still doesn't goo far enough.

    Colin

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