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#377380 - 3rd Jan 2010 2:51am 1 Million Taxpayers Money On A Series Of TV Ads!
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Originally Posted By: BBC News
The government is to spend 1m buying airtime for a TV ad promoting its public services website Directgov.

The 1m only covers the broadcasting cost of the ad, which features stars like Dame Helen Mirren and Kelly Brook.

A spokeswoman would not say how much it cost to produce but said actors worked for a "fraction of a commercial rate" and advertising in January was cheaper.

The Tories said it was "vanity marketing" but Directgov said they could save the government money.

The advertisement - to be broadcast on ITV1, Channel 4 and digital channels in the new year - also features Honor Blackman, Christopher Biggins, Nick Moran and Suggs. It is based on the Madness song 'It Must Be Love'.

Sorry, but that is absolutely disgusting, whilst we are all being told to cut back on our spending, and being braced for ever rising taxes to pay back the countries debt, the government are spending 1m on advertising a single public service.

As usual, this Labour government making already grossly overpaid, rich celebrities even richer, whilst the rest of us have to pay to pick up the pieces after their decade of excess.

Out of order imho.

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#377382 - 3rd Jan 2010 7:30am Re: 1 Million Taxpayers Money On A Series Of TV Ads! [Re: MattLFC]
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Its unfortunate that the majority of people in this country only believe or think information is correct if it comes from a celebrity or some reality show winner, they are the people who catch the eye as far as advertising goes, sorry state of affairs, but know one would give a suited civil servant a second look delivering the same message. However, if the money spent on this advertisement can save a government 400 million as claimed by Directgov then that can only be beneficial. The people of this country have gone far to long not knowing their entitlements and any informative website or department can only be a good thing.
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#377395 - 3rd Jan 2010 10:33am Re: 1 Million Taxpayers Money On A Series Of TV Ads! [Re: bert1]
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Originally Posted By: bert1
Its unfortunate that the majority of people in this country only believe or think information is correct if it comes from a celebrity or some reality show winner, they are the people who catch the eye as far as advertising goes, sorry state of affairs, but know one would give a suited civil servant a second look delivering the same message.


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#377419 - 3rd Jan 2010 12:42pm Re: 1 Million Taxpayers Money On A Series Of TV Ads! [Re: Sanchez]
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I use the internet for my annual tax self assessment (which is one of the most amazingly successful IT projects I have ever come across), my car tax renewal and tv licence renewal (when I bothered).

By comparison, when I phone up government departments or private companies, everything goes ape and I spend the next three months sorting out the cr@p.

I fully support directgov just on the grounds it simplifies things and saves me money on repeated phone calls and hence reduces hair-loss.

Unfortunately, using directgov for information seems to be about successful as Microsoft help files, it is either incomplete or just tells you information that you have just entered in the search.
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#377450 - 3rd Jan 2010 4:21pm Re: 1 Million Taxpayers Money On A Series Of TV Ads! [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Hold on people... Direct Gov has been around for years! It's not new, and if you type in a term like Self Assessment or Car Tax Online, in Google, you will end up there. Ive been using it myself for many years.

There is no need to advertise the service, and certainly no need to keep advertising it, or paying already-overpaid celebrities with public money to advertise such a service.

It wont save the government 400m over the next few years, it will only do that if people use it, and if people are not already using it, there is a good reason that - they dont want to - be it because of security concerns, problems with postal services, needing assistance/advice to complete the work etc...

It would be a LOT cheaper to do a mail-drop using the Royal Mail of leaflets/booklet to every household in the UK, and the marketing would be much more direct... but then that would'nt look so flashy or make the rich, richer and the poor, poorer.

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#377454 - 3rd Jan 2010 5:04pm Re: 1 Million Taxpayers Money On A Series Of TV Ads! [Re: MattLFC]
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It's also has it's own freeview channel, even if people don't know about it they will discover it when re-tuning their sets during the ongoing switch over.


Edited by Softy_Southerner (3rd Jan 2010 5:05pm)

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#377608 - 4th Jan 2010 11:52am Re: 1 Million Taxpayers Money On A Series Of TV Ads! [Re: Softy_Southerner]
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It's all part of Brown's job creation scheme. He reckons there is no need for manufacturing now as "Information" is the money earner now. What a load of crap.
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