TV licensing will not take my money.

(38 Posts)
moldingsunbeams Wed 06-Nov-13 13:32:01

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MotherofBear Wed 06-Nov-13 14:37:23

Friday, It may not be as simple as that. Many people can only have the very basics for financial/credit reasons. I'm not saying this is the case for the OP, but there is usually a very good reason for people to have just the very basic account with a cashcard only.

flatmum Wed 06-Nov-13 14:45:14

lol - the CRAPITA man that used to try and harass me (after years, OP, I promise you) used to insist that he "was an officer of the TV Licencing Authority Madam!". I'd say, now, that is not strictly true is it? You work as a door to door collections man for Capita don't you? (later substituted with "hired thug") - he would go purple with rage and frustration and eventually I could just get him to give up and storm off without saying anything. Sadly, I no longer work from home so these kinds of amusement are no longer available to me.

My John Lewis pet insurance was later taken over by CRAPITA, at which point they promptly lost all trace of my account and, until the day I cancelled my policy, insisted I had only ever had 1 cat not 2. They are a truly terrible company.

flatmum Wed 06-Nov-13 14:54:36

Oh, he also tried the old "when will you husband be back sothat he can authorise a payment for a TV licence for this address" - dik

WooWooOwl Wed 06-Nov-13 15:06:15

Can you ask your bank to give you a debit card that the TV licence people will accept?

I think that's probably what most people have.

SantiagoToots Wed 06-Nov-13 15:25:46

You don't need to pay at all. It's a voluntary tax and civil matter, they can fuck themselves and you can use that money for YOUR Xmas.

JustAnotherFucker Wed 06-Nov-13 16:15:34

No its not Santiago, it is most definitely a matter for the criminal courts hmm

Rightly or wrongly, you could end up with a criminal record.

flatmum Wed 06-Nov-13 16:23:25

Possibly, after about 3 years, I'd you were foolish enough to let them into your house without permission (withdraw implied right of access) or admit to them that you watched live bbc broadcasts and didn't have a licence. Or were stupid enough to still be doing this in the infetessimally tiny chance that they chose you to get a warrant and then came back, with a police officer, to force their way into your house.

SoupDragon Wed 06-Nov-13 16:29:40

So you advocate breaking the law then?

flatmum Wed 06-Nov-13 16:39:03

Yes that's right. There was a special coded subliminal message direct to the OP in my "possibly" post commenting on the level of probability of the OP getting a criminal record while she is trying to sort out her payment issues saying "OP I advocate breaking the law and advise you not to bother getting one"

Im sure she can make up her own mind about how to proceed.

elfycat Wed 06-Nov-13 16:46:49

Until you get this sorted please do not watch any kind of live TV as they're a bugger for prosecuting.

I assume you have internet, if it's broadband and goodish speed I recommend iPlayer, ITV Player, 4OD for now as any programs they put on after the live time (between straight away to a couple of hours for most things on iPlayer). We watch all our 'TV' this way and we make TV licencing weep with frustration!

But we never, ever, ever watch live TV as they know about us (we call every year, on change of address and whenever they send their barely-veiled threat letters). We now get politer letters asking if we've changed our habits and would like to buy a Licence.

Good luck trying to get this sorted soon.

JustAnotherFucker Wed 06-Nov-13 16:54:35

So the statistics discussed here telegraph linky show an infinitesimally small amount of prosecutions do they flatpack?

I agree that TV licencing is outdated and just a bit shit, but until the law changes you could end up with a record for such a stupid thing.

flatmum Wed 06-Nov-13 17:55:07

That's right -150 odd thousand that were prosecuted were prosecuted on the back of their own statements - i.e they admitted watching live broadcasts without having a TV licence. Like I said, until it is sorted, a) don't let them in and b) don't say you have a TV and there is very, very little chance of prosecution.

Which is neither here nor there for the OPs payment issues, just reassurance not to panic in the meantime.

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