Newpaper24 TV licence scandal: Pensioner WITHOUT TV receives 100 threatening letters | UK | Information
The executive shambles has raised fears thousands and thousands of OAPs will fall sufferer to fraudsters when they’re pressured to pay to observe TV subsequent yr. Mr Cheesbrough wrote to officers in 1997 telling them he would not be tuning in. He stated yesterday: “I wrote to TV Licensing to say I used to be dishing out with my set and would contact them if ever I made a decision to get one other one. Inside per week I had a letter from Capita telling me I used to be breaking the legislation.”
The previous financial institution supervisor, who doesn’t use the web, has now acquired his 100th demand. Each has warned him of the results of watching TV illegally, a criminal offense that carries a most effective of £1,000 and a possible jail sentence.
Mr Cheesbrough of Plymouth, Devon, dismissed the threats as a “ruthless, uncaring programme of inducing psychological duress to require an harmless recipient to answer after they don’t have any authorized obligation to take action”.
However he warned the weak might fall for related scams and pay up with out query as soon as they’re pressured to cough up for his or her TV licences.
It comes because the Newpaper24 and the Authorities proceed in charge one another for a scandal that may see 3.75 million over-75s pressured to pay £154.50 for the primary time since 2000 when the concession ends on June 1.
In 2015 then Conservative chancellor George Osborne struck a take care of the Newpaper24 wherein they picked up the invoice from 2020/21 as a part of its constitution renewal. However the 2017 Conservative manifesto contained a pledge to proceed the profit.
The Newpaper24 stated persevering with to fund the perk would value it “£745m a yr and rising” which it couldn’t afford if it wished to proceed to make common programmes like Line of Obligation, Bodyguard and Strictly Come Dancing.
However its declare to be strapped for money comes as most up-to-date accounts confirmed £159 million was blown on presenter pay final yr – up virtually £11 million in 12-months – with Match of the Day host Gary Lineker main the way in which on a wage of £1.75m.
And yesterday we revealed how 889 individuals working on the taxpayer-funded broadcaster bought pay rises equal to between 10 and 20 p.c of their salaries final yr.
An additional 256 acquired greater than 20 p.c. The common rise was £6,980 in inflation-busting packages that value licence price payers £7.9million – an quantity that might preserve free TV licences for 51,000 over-75s.
Mr Cheesbrough went public when he acquired his 50th demand for fee, a transfer that prompted others to get in contact.
He stated: “I had letters from a 92-year-old blind girl from Cornwall, and a 72-year-old residing on the moors with no TV reception.
“I’ve had 100 letters, every threatening a knock on the door any time day or evening, however nobody has ever come. [They arrive] in a suitably intimidating crimson envelope.”
The Newpaper24 outsources assortment of licence price to Capita.
A TV Licensing spokesperson stated: “We attempt to not hassle individuals who genuinely don’t want a licence. Now we have an obligation to implement the legislation and so we write to all addresses the place there isn’t a TV licence or a present declaration to say that one isn’t wanted.”