The agreement we have reached with the company means that it will cover the considerable costs of television licences for those over 75, which will relieve some of the pressure on taxpayers who will have to meet the country`s social bill, while ensuring that our promise to fully maintain pension benefits over the next five years is eased. is respected. It is not a legal condition for the agreement to be approved by both Houses of Parliament, but it is the convention that the House of Commons and the Lords are debating. Otherwise, Parliament`s only formal participation in the affairs of the BBC is through the rules necessary for the implementation of the royalty regime. Normally, these pass without debate. According to TV Licensing, the revenue collection process starts by writing to homes listed as unlicensed. “If no answer is given from an address, the tone of the letters gradually becomes stronger to favor a response. Sometimes a stronger message is needed for people to fulfill their legal obligation. The address is also provided for a visit by an investigator to inquire about licensing requirements.
“The non-payment of the fee disproportionately affects women, with three-quarters of the persecuted being women, perhaps because they are more likely to return home during the day when officials come to visit. The existence of the BBC is underpinned by a royal charter, the last of which was signed in 2017 for 10 years. This ensures the existence of the fee until 2027 and would require new laws to repeal this regulation, which could be difficult and would meet with considerable opposition in the House of Lords. The maximum fine for non-publication of a TV licence is £1,000 fine. There is no prison sentence related to the offence, but a person can be imprisoned by the court if he does not pay the court sentence. As might be expected, opinion polls show that the fee is much less popular than the BBC as an institution; but alternative funding models receive even less public support. The fee, as a method of financing the BBC, dates back to 1923, when it was collected by radio owners. The standard TV licence now costs £154.50 a year and pays for the BBC`s TV, radio and online operation. Some of them contribute to the financing of the Laval channel S4C and, in recent years, the Conservatives have also poured on the company the costs of financing the global service (previously subsidized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and free licenses for people over 75 (previously paid by the Ministry of Labour and Pensions). In the UK, according to the latest figures, there are 25,752,560 TV licenses, a slight decrease from the previous year, although the population continues to grow.
The government has reached an agreement with the BBC to cover the cost of free TV licences for anyone over 75. However, the amount of the fee – and therefore the amount of resources available to the BBC – is being negotiated. The current agreement expires in 2022 and, at this point, there must be a new agreement between the government and the BBC for the next five-year term. But changing visual habits also pose challenges to the collection of the broadcasting fee I welcome the BBC`s commitment to reaching this funding agreement, which is an important topic for its own future. I look forward to discussing the full range of issues during the Charter review period and will make an announcement on the review process in due course. . . .