The UK government wants advice on how to spend the cash being raised for next generation broadband in rural areas.Maybe it's just me, but surely the correct sequence of events for what is being portrayed as a hypothecated tax should be:
The cash will be generated by imposing a 50p duty on all fixed line phones.
It has begun a consultation exercise that will hear about who should benefit from the £1bn it is expecting to raise in the Next Generation Fund.
Identify the issueCalculate the cost of the solutionSet the tax accordingly
otherwise, you're collecting a tax when it might be completely inadequate to fund a solution, or when there might not be a viable solution at all.