I think that's a good idea, would also keep a check of the dog & type population and how many dogs in one household. Also in order to get a licence you should have to provide proof of dog properly vaccinated - to stop spread of dog diseases
Don't know if £25 would be enough to cover costs and make a profit though.
A good idea - bad Keep track of dogs- hgve then chipped with an annual fee and compusary insurance with an organization to oversee it all -Why not? Because as said the cost would be enormous and the renegades - pit bull owners and the like would not comply Just like DVLA and boy racers and migrants really
As there appears to be 8 million dogs in the UK and assuming that 25% would not pay (a low estimate IMHO)...your figures would appear to be somewhat awry. Did you use to work for the last Government's Exchequer?
Doubt very much if the introduction of dog licences would work, microchipping of dogs doesn't in many cases. I work with a dog rescue that takes in strays. If the dog is chipped the registered owner will often say they gave the dog away but can't remember who to and details on the chip haven't been changed. What is needed perhaps would be compulsory microchipping and the registered owner become liable if a dog strays or is a danger to the public though I don't even believe this would solve all problems.