Sunday, June 04, 2006

Lights Out

Reading in Kent on Sunday that care homes throughout Kent are being forced to remove televisions from the rooms of elderly residents, my blood almost boils.

Apparently the fascist group that presently runs the TV Licensing Agency have decided that care homes are in breach of the licensing regulations even though most residents are over the age of 75 and qualify for a free TV license. The result, all the in-room televisions have to go or the homes will be fined £1000 per person.

Kent County Council have vowed to fight this stupid interpretation of the rules. What I can't understand though is a group of people sitting around a table and one saying: "Let's go after all the old people's homes" and everyone else nodding in agreement!

Worse still perhaps the potential impact on hostels which is not explored in the story. Imagine you have a month or so to live with cancer and you would like to watch the World Cup for the very last time. “Tough mate, rules is rules and the TVLA and the BBC can’t make exceptions just because you’re dying. You’ll have to listen on the radio instead”

What a brave and generous society we now live in!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

This was discussed at last weeks County Council meeting, when the cabinet member Kevin Lynes explained that the BBC admitted that the current licence regulations were full of anomalies, but they were not going to change any at the moment. Kevin had the support of the whole council when he pledged to fight this issue for care home residents, and I ssuspect the article today is one part of that fight.

Chris Wells

Anonymous said...

Hopefully by highlighting this issue you will bring it to more people's attention. It is about time we told the BBC to sink or swim. I for one resent paying the license fee for dross that I don't watch and a biased news service.

Anonymous said...

anon again!

perhaps, in the meantime, we should BOYCOTT the BBC and just watch/listen to the free channels.
If I were in power, I would send the idiots from the TV licensing offices to Roumania, or stick ASBO's on them...

Anonymous said...

I personally believe that sometimes silly little rules should be left at the front door. We ought to be looking after the elderly , not inflicting some peoples mindless stupidity on them in there later years.Is there any common sense and fairness left in this wretched country that we once called great ? The morons are working tirelessly to make peoples lives miserable it seems.

Snailspace said...

Is it any wonder that the Scot's and Welsh want home rule.
Maybe we should rename our flag the Union Joke

Anonymous said...

Just like to point out that there is no such thing as a "free" channel. You pay through the products that you buy that are advertised. So unless you buy nothing that is advertised, you are paying for the adverts.

Anonymous said...

If you are blind you get a couple of quid off the TV licence.
WOW!
Who says the tv licensing people are heartless?

Snailspace said...

Also if you happen to be a crook spending some time behind bars you can have a TV in your cell without having to pay a licence fee.
Yet another smack in the teeth for Mr & Mrs law abiding.

Anonymous said...

Snailspace - can you get a good deal on Sky if you are banged up? Cos like if you're used to Sky when you are at home drawing benefit and signing on during the day but then you go burgling at night and you get nicked it must be against your human rights to be denied Sky?
That would be like punishing you for doing a bit of burglary wouldn't it?