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By Frank Hovis
I know that we have similar BBC threads but this looks like something new - a whole generation waking up to the way that means testing is impoverishing people who have worked and enriching those who haven't.
The over 75s have a vast latent power in this country owing to their voting numbers and their very vulnerability giving them near-immunity from heavy hamded policing and custodial sentences.
If there becomes real traction to this protest - a mass refusal to pay - then the So-Called BBC will have no choice but to back down. They are not going to drag hundreds of thousands of over 75s through the courts because they will become genuinely hated by the population and the government will have little choice but to strip the So-Called BBC of its official status.
As one said:
There was an example on the radio yesterday, though I don't have a link, of NHS Cornwall now means-testing transport for elderly wheelchair users going to non-urgent medical appointments.
The means-testing comprises whether you are on pension credit; if you aren't then you are paying for your transport and that means £160 a pop.
If you have worked for 35 years so you have a full state pension - coincidentally £160 per week - even if you have no other income or savings then you are paying that £160 yourself. So no food or heating that week.
However if you have not worked or only worked a few years - freebies all round.
For anybody who hasn't read about pension credit on other threads - it brings you up to the state pension level if you have no other income. So they have as much coming in as anybody whose only penson is the state one. And then get all the freebies on top so will be a lot better off.
Something is rotten in the state of Britain.
By Frank Hovis
Anyone who watched Eggheads before 2016 will remember him. I confess I could find him irritating but he brought something different to a programme that coudl be a bit staid.
In 2016 he was accused of sexual assault, which the story records as being "false" rather than his merely being acquited.
However on the basis of this false allegation he was sacked by the So-Called BBC from his main source and went bankrupt in 2018.
He has AIDS for thirty years and now thinks that the stress of the legal cases, bankruptcy, and potnetially becoming homeless on top of the disease means he feels he hasn't long left.
This is shocking treatment by your caring Auntie Beeb. Potentially an employer would suspend you whilst the case was ongoing, for both their benefit and yours, but who fires you on the day you are exonerated?
They are an absolute shower of self-serving bastards so here is another reason to refuse to pay the licence fee.
On a different issue I hadn't known that he was also very good at chess and also a proper actor. This however caught my eye; I don't think even Sepp Blatter behaved like ths:
By Frank Hovis
A good news story for a change. Whilst of course cancelling doesn't necessarily equate to a permanent opt out, as is the case for the moe discerning DOSBODders like @JoeDavola, @Harley and, well modesty prevents, some of these will be that and that looks like the obvious reason for the upward trend - in a world of on-demand streaming who needs a licence?
So how many don't pay the television tax?
Well the figure quoted below is 25.8m licences.
Per the ONS there were 27.2m housholds in the UK in 2017 https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/families/bulletins/familiesandhouseholds/2017
The best estimate I can find for over 75 licence housholds, so currently free, is a fifth of licences. But I'm not linking to it as it was in the guardian. Say 5.2m.
So that adds up to:
27.2m households 1.4m without a licence - 5% 5.2m with a free licence - 19% 20.6m with a paid for licence - 76% And they're losing them from that 76%; nobody with a free licence is likely to just give it up.
It used to be that the ONS didn't even collect data on TV licence holding as so few didn't have them.
The charming threatening letters I get from the TV licensing people used to quote the number of households with licences but have ceased to do that as the number is falling.
5% withouta licence is significant and that figure is only going to go one way as the current crop of schoolkids rarerly watch TV.
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