THE BBC must end the threat of prosecuting over 75s for not paying their licence fee for good, a cross-party group of 28 peers told the corporation’s boss.
BBC bigwig Tim Davie must resolve the TV licence issue which has caused unacceptable stress to Britain’s eldest citizensCredit: PA:Press Association
The letter said: “There is no moral justification for sending waves of threatening letters to people like 96 year old Frank Ashleigh who served this country by landing a glider behind enemy lines in Arnhem in 1944.
“The BBC has many friends who want it to survive but the treatment of the over 75s is undermining that goodwill.”
The peers insisted much more needs to be done in order to mitigate the stress to the elderly, including a pledge to never prosecute any over 75s for a licence fee.
And they rejected any ideas of means testing.
They added: “It is for you to work with DCMS (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) to resolve your long-term funding but the current situation which is creating so much stress among our oldest citizens is unacceptable.
“Means testing is no answer for the extremely frail as it creates bureaucracy they cannot cope with.
Culture minister John Whittingdale faces MPs questions over the Government’s approach to the TV licence feeCredit: Getty Images – Getty
World War Two veteran Frank Ashleigh, 96, received intimidating letters from TV LicensingCredit: Dick Goodwin
“This problem was not created by you but it rests with you to help solve it.”
But it failed to say how long it will last.
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