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93% WOULD SUPPORT A NATIONAL STRIKE – THE PRISONS CAN’T TAKE ALL THOSE WHO REFUSE TO PAY FINES DISHED OUT BY JUDGES WHO WILL DO THE GOVERNMENTS DIRTY WORK

BBC poll: Would you support over-75s with national strike against paying TV licence fee?

FOLLOWING the BBC’s decision to scrap free TV licences for most over-75s, millions of households will now be forced to pay £157.50 a year for the service. But Express.co.uk is asking whether you would support a national strike against the broadcaster.

PUBLISHED: 00:22, Tue, Aug 11, 2020 | UPDATED: 00:27, Tue, Aug 11, 2020

 

 

Last week, the BBC started sending letters to over-75s who previously did not have to pay the fee to remind them that they were no longer eligible for a free licence. From August 1 only pensioners older than 75 on pension credit were exempted automatically.

However, the national broadcaster was warned there could be a “peasants’ revolt” if they try to prosecute those who do not pay the licence fee.

 

Julian Knight, the Tory MP for Solihull, said: “The BBC could face the modern day equivalent of the peasants’ revolt if it tries to prosecute the over-75s for non-payment of the licence fee.

“At present most cases in front of the courts are non-contested and are over in a jiffy but I can see pensioners who feel wronged organising and wanting their day in court, calling witnesses and tying up the magistrates system and causing huge backlogs of cases.

 

“The BBC owes it to their own wider reputation to proceed cautiously when it comes to prosecutions.

Would you support over-75s strike against BBC fee?

Would you support over-75s strike against BBC fee? (Image: Getty)

Boris Johnson condemned the BBC for licence fee

Boris Johnson condemned the BBC for licence fee (Image: Getty)

“I am not sure yet this message has entirely got through to management at the Beeb.”

Now, Express.co.uk is asking whether you would support over-75s with a national strike against paying the TV licence fee.

The decision to scrap the free service has been widely criticised by both the Government and Age UK who called it a “kick in the teeth”.

Writing on Twitter when the fee was introduced for over 75s, Age UK said: “We’re bitterly disappointed by today’s #TVLicence decision.

READ MORE: BBC backlash: Over-75s prepare to IGNORE licence fee payments

 
 

Over-75s will now have to pay the BBC licence fee

Over-75s will now have to pay the BBC licence fee (Image: PA)

“This is a kick in the teeth for millions of over-75s who have had a torrid time during the crisis.”

Caroline Abrahams, charity director of Age UK, added thousands of the poorest pensioners will be faced with a bill they cannot afford to pay.

Originally it was rumoured the BBC would extend the free service until October following the outbreak of COVID-19.

But that decision was scrapped by the corporation despite all TV and film productions being halted due to the virus.

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