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MP Campaigns Against 'Telephone Tax'

Thursday May 30 2013

MP John Healey MP John Healey

AN MP campaigning against the use of 0844 and 0845 telephone numbers has accused the government of imposing a 'telephone tax' on the public and has called for a full investigation.

MP John Healey has provided public spending watchdog the National Audit Office and the Public Accounts Committee with a dossier detailing the scale of use of what he calls rip-off phone numbers across government.

He has been campaigning against the use of the numbers by GPs and government departments for the last 18 months and has found nearly two thirds of department and agency phone lines are 084 numbers - which cost up to 41p per minute.

“People have no choice but to make these calls - to get information and help, change details, make claims - but they're being charged rip-off rates to do so.

“Members of the public are subsidising the government’s phone bills to the tune of millions of pounds and phone companies are making a fortune."

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Reply Posted by Mick on Thursday May 30 2013 at 15:31
I agree with this 100% but Mr Healey was a member of the cabinet in the last govt that brought in most of these numbers. He's an attention seeking hypocrite.

Reply Posted by David HIckson - fairtelecoms on Friday May 31 2013 at 18:49
Regardless of history and political loyalties, the fair telecoms campaign is pleased to welcome anyone in support of its campaign against the "Telephone Tax". See tiny.cc/FT_telephone_tax.

Reply Posted by boss on Saturday June 1 2013 at 15:16
i have experienced this cost myself, before i had a land line i was forced to use my mobile phone "which i only had for incoming calls and emergency's". to ring 0845 numbers mainly because of missed benefit payments. The amount of time your held on the line is disgusting and on many occasions my credit went before i was even answered, it seems 0845 is used for the most essential phone numbers needed by people living on any form of benefit so this money needed much more in other areas of there life, it is wrong and should be against the law.

Reply Posted by Dawn on Saturday June 1 2013 at 20:06
Apparently they work for you it says,when its something serious john healey dont want to no,whatever front he puts on he's not an m.p that likes to help people who need it.

Reply Posted by K on Saturday June 1 2013 at 20:21
Just use www.saynoto0870.com
This site provides alternative landline or freephone numbers so you should never have to dial these premium rate numbers.

Reply Posted by AJ on Saturday June 1 2013 at 20:36
from a landline they are mostly 4p a min, or free on BT call plans. However, I do think the numbers are needed across some departments. It is easier to have one number to phone instead of trying to find a local office number. The government can't afford to pay for free phone numbers. Just don't use a mobile to call the number, find a friend or go to a local office

Reply Posted by les on Sunday June 2 2013 at 00:16
What period in history are you living in
leave your email and ill tell you how you can get most o845 numbers free from a mobile and those that you cant get dont contact them write to them if no one pays they will soon revert back to the real bt local number or go out of business dont let people controll your life.
they are the dick turpins of industry