Licence Resistance Increases – BBC Ups Staff Paid Over £150,000

Resistance to the requirement that citizens in the UK pay for permission before they may lawfully watch TV seems to have become stronger according to a report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee.

Despite an increase in the number of enforcement visits to homes without a licence to three million a year the last five years have brought a fall of 20 per cent in the success rate.

The BBC claims that it looses £250m a year from TV viewers who watch without a licence. The Public Accounts Committee report said that between 6 an 7 per cent of those required to have a licence do not have one.

In reality however there is no way of knowing whether TV is being watched without a licence and the Corporation treats every householder without a licence as an evader whether or not a licence is required by law.

A new report from the National Audit Office has revealed that the BBC increased the number of managers paid more than £150,000 from 89 to 98 between 2011 and 2016. This was contrary to its promise to reduce the number of highly paid managers by 20 per cent.

Two licence enforcers have been suspended by Capita, which has the contact to collect licence fees, following news media reports on how its bonus scheme encourages over-zealous tactics. Capita is conducting an enquiry into the behaviour of its employees.