Not having a television licence might soon become a civil matter and no longer be paraded as a criminal offence.
The Telegraph reported yesterday that there is growing support for changes in legislation to move non-payment of the annual £145.50 TV licence into the civil courts, rather than remain subject to criminal proceedings. Apparently “Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, and Maria Miller, the Culture and Media Secretary, both now support the idea”.
So the days of £1000 Magistrates Court fines, a criminal record and potential imprisonment could soon be over if over 100 backbench MPs from all the major political parties have their way. The current system might one day be looked back upon as being disproportionately harsh – not least as refusing to pay constitutes no breach of any Common Law principles.
However, it has long been established that declining to confirm one’s name – or any other personal details – and denying entry to property when TV licence inspectors call usually result in the matter being dropped. Nonetheless, an average of one in 10 court cases have been for TV licence over recent years.
Refusing to cooperate in this way essentially indicates unwillingness to “stand under” or agree to be party to a contract upon which the “authorities” can otherwise act. Arguably, TV licensing was always a civil matter, one masquerading as a criminal offence; indeed, why else would the associated “enforcement agency” sport a .co.uk internet domain?
Countless videos appear on Youtube if entering the term “resisting TV licence” and the example below illustrates the arguments (with suggested tactics for dealing with doorstep agents after 8:45).
(Thanks to PronStarKiIIuminati for posting this video to Youtube)
(*** IMPORTANT: Information contained in this article is of an entirely journalistic nature and does not in any way constitute legal advice. You are solely responsible for whatever action you take in relation to TV licensing issues.)
The first Money As Debt video is a truly illuminating cartoon illustrating how the money system really works.
Part of the film’s charm lies in the crude but engaging animation technique employed by producer Paul Grignon. I loved it but found it difficult to find after the full-length version disappeared for a while.
But in the years since Money As Debt came out, two more masterpieces have been added – and there’s a fourth, but I can’t find it yet!. All of the first three are now available on Youtube and I’ve embedded them below.
Watch them to help understand why the world stumbles on from economic crisis to economic crisis the way it does. Be prepared to write off an entire day watching these highly addictive films!
(Thanks to paagleTV for posting the film to Youtbube)
(Thanks to TRUTH TV for posting the film to Youtube)
(Thanks to 911isafraud for posting the film to Youtube)
As lawyers walked out on strike this week to protest the almost total annihilation of public funding for legal cases, despised bailiff firm Rossendales was appointed to collect Legal Aid debts.
The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that Rossendales (part of Marston Holdings), will act as sole enforcement supplier for the Legal Aid Agency’s Crown Court means testing, debt collection and enforcement contract for at least two years from 1 April 2014.
Legal Aid debts can occur either when people who received means-tested public funding later turn out not to have been eligible or if they do not pay their personal contribution.
Central government contracts manager Christine Sharples said, “We are now expecting to further enhance the collection and investigation processes by making greater use of Group capabilities.”
Complaints about unlawful tactics used by Rossendales bailiffs have been rife across the past decade and a half. Usually, but not exclusively, involving council tax arrears, these typically included: misrepresentation of bailiffs’ rights to enter a property; adding fees for unregistered visits; refusing to acknowledge termination of liability for a debt; being heavy-handed and unreasonable; and so on and so on …
For many young people holding a degree qualification, the starkest lesson will surely be in living with debt.
Office for National Statistics figures released today found that “a degree level or above qualification was the most common highest level of qualification reported in the 2011 Census and was highest (40.3%) among those aged 25 to 34″.
On average, people choosing to study for degrees in England will accumulate well over £43,000 of student loans – this being by far the highest figure across the UK (Source: Telegraph 17 December 2012).
Somewhat alarmingly, students attending British universities in 2012/13 “collectively owed almost £20bn, with the vast bulk of the debt being owed to the state-owned Student Loans Company” (Source: YouGov, 6 February 2013).