BBC pays out £100,000 compensation to people ‘bullied’ by TV licence collectors

  • Almost 2,500 ‘goodwill payments’ in the last five  years
  • They went to householders wrongly  threatened with prosecution
  • One was a grieving son  hassled to buy licence for his dead mother

ByAlasdair Glennie

PUBLISHED:  18:33  EST, 6 February 2014

The BBC has admitted handing out more than £100,000 in compensation to innocent people   hounded by ‘aggressive’  TV Licensing officers.

Over the past five years it has made almost  2,500 ‘goodwill payments’ to householders who were wrongly threatened with  prosecution, bombarded with leaflets and taken to court.

They included a grieving son who was given £250 for the stress caused when the BBC repeatedly ordered him to buy a licence  for his dead mother.

The BBC made almost 2,500 'goodwill payments' to householders who claimed they were harassed by licensing officers in the last five years

The BBC made almost 2,500 ‘goodwill payments’ to  householders who claimed they were harassed by licensing officers in the last  five years

Peter Troy, of County Durham, was threatened  with a £1,000 fine unless he paid the fee, despite the fact his mother had died  six months earlier and her house was empty.

He repeatedly explained the situation to  officers from Capita – the firm with a £560 million contract to collect the fee  for the BBC’s TV Licensing – but received an apology only when he threatened to  sue.

Another viewer was eventually given £100  after reporting TV Licensing officers who repeatedly turned up on his doorstep  threatening legal action, even though he did not own a TV.

He said: ‘I even considered buying a TV  licence in my panic … because I was so worried about the whole situation.

‘I was shaken up by the brazen way in which  an organisation could ignore legal restrictions to literally bully people in  their own homes. This is clearly harassment … to force people into buying  licences they do not need, simply to increase revenue.’

The revelation – uncovered by a Freedom of  Information request – comes amid growing anger at the heavy-handed way in which  the £145.50 fee is collected.

The BBC repeatedly ordered a grieving son to buy a licence for his dead mother

The BBC repeatedly ordered a grieving son to buy a  licence for his dead mother

Last night Jonathan Isaby, of the TaxPayers’  Alliance said: ‘It’s bad enough that Auntie has squandered cash on various  digital debacles without then wasting money on chasing people who have already  paid for the broadcaster’s profligacy.’

TV Licensing prosecutions are clogging up the  courts, with the BBC accounting for one in ten cases brought before magistrates.  More than 180,000 people were prosecuted for non-payment in 2012.

Last year, the Daily Mail revealed the  corporation’s army of 334 ‘enforcement officers’ – who have no legal right of  entry to homes – are paid a bonus every time they gather evidence leading to a  successful prosecution.

Critics say it means they have a strong  incentive to harass those they suspect of not paying.

A TV Licensing spokesman said: ‘Sometimes we  get it wrong and work hard to put things right.’

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Paul Pindar is the ex-CEO of Capita- Rothchilds Gillian Sheldon took his place on the board of Capita as an Independent Non-Executive Director in 2012. Paul Pindar was hired by Carlyle Group in 2012 for their giant Integrated Dental Holdings. In 2013 Pindar became a boardmember of Towerbrooks Senior Advisory Board. The vast majority of Towerbrook are Soros agents – click links. Paul Pindar was making 900,000 pounds with Capita – who knows what he makes now – these bankster gangsters take good care of their own.

Carlyle Group: Government, CIA Contractor Booz Allen & Hamilton,… – this is a good read – needs updating – need to add that Carlyle via their Riverstone Holdings partnered with Goldman Sachs Capital in the acquisition of Kinder Morgan one of the largest pipeline operators in the US. The buyout was backed by Richard Kinder, the company’s co-founder – a former president of Enron. Kinder Morgan is keeping the US and Canada from building the Keystone pipelines. Obama (got big bucks from Carlyle etc for his campaign) therefore likes Kinder Morgan so won’t okay Keystone XL.  Democrats Who Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline Own Shares in Competing Companies

In 2013 Pindar became a boardmember of Towerbrooks Senior Advisory Board.  The vast majority, if not all, of Towerbrook are agents of George Soros – click links.

2005 Towerbrook – Soros:

I don’t know much about the licence fees but wonder why the BBC is beholden to pay the compensation? What kind of contract did they make with Capita one might wonder.

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