Over 75s

We are both over 75.  Most TV is such rubbish that when we get the demand to start paying for a TV licence again it will go straight in the bin.  If all over 75s do the same that will put an end to it.

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  • oldagetraveller1
    oldagetraveller1 Posts: 1,258
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    edited 5 August 2020 at 10:01AM
    I'm over 75 - just!
    TVL have made it a bit more difficult to cancel. After logging into my account, and attempting to make the no licence needed declaration, I was directed to a cancellation form. Completed that, submitted on the 2nd July. Received a generic, non specific, e-mail advising receipt.
    Nothing until 31st July. Received a confirmation letter. Now LEGALLY licence free. Direct Debit cancelled when I submitted the licence cancellation. They will write again next July for a further declaration. No way. Ignoring them now!
    I was not watching or recording live broadcasts or iPlayer anyway. Fed up with all the bias, fake news and p.c. nonsense being churned out.
    Aerial unplugged.

  • JJ_Egan
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    < If all over 75s do the same that will put an end to it. >
    They wont because many of them do watch live TV .
    Op needs no licence if they never watch live TV or do they intend to watch live TV with no licence.
  • pphillips
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    JJ_Egan said:
    < If all over 75s do the same that will put an end to it. >
    They wont because many of them do watch live TV .
    Op needs no licence if they never watch live TV or do they intend to watch live TV with no licence.
    But some of them watch live TV and don't care that they might end up in prison. If they are anticipating going into care anyway, prison won't be that much different and it doesn't cost them anything!
  • Cornucopia
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    edited 5 August 2020 at 4:15PM
    I doubt they will save much - a typical person going to prison for non-payment of TV Licence evasion fines goes for 14-21 days (there is a formula for converting the outstanding fine amount into days to be served).   

    The number of people being sent to prison each year for this reason is usually around 50 (there are a variety of other means for dealing with non-payment of fines that are less costly for the courts to use).  

    AFAIK, there are no special provisions for TV Licence evasion, and the further enforcement steps apply to all similar minor offences.
  • Mickey666
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    pphillips said:
    JJ_Egan said:
    < If all over 75s do the same that will put an end to it. >
    They wont because many of them do watch live TV .
    Op needs no licence if they never watch live TV or do they intend to watch live TV with no licence.
    But some of them watch live TV and don't care that they might end up in prison. If they are anticipating going into care anyway, prison won't be that much different and it doesn't cost them anything!
    Money-saving tip of the week right there! :)

  • JJ_Egan
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    Some a few not many .
  • Mickey666
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    edited 5 August 2020 at 6:17PM
    I can't imagine TV licence dodgers being banged up in a high-security prison with hardened old lags, can you?  More likely an open prison for such low-risk oldies, with plenty of privileges for good behaviour, maybe even the odd weekend pass to visit family..  Regular meals, heating and hot water all paid for, free TV, communal are for meeting the other 'guests', probably a games room and library.  GP would visit you, if needed, instead of having to find your own way to the local surgery, plus someone would collect your prescriptions for you.  Just like fully-paid-for sheltered accommodation really ;)

    Yes, I know, it's all tongue-in-cheek, but it is something of a comment on societal attitudes towards old people:  https://ouragingparents.net/put-elderly-in-jail-and-criminals-in/

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