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Harriett Baldwin calls for decriminalisation of non-payment of the TV licence fee


21st July 2020

Following the Government statement on the BBC, Harriett Baldwin regrets the BBC’s decision on the TV licence fee exemption for the over 75s and calls for the non-payment of the TV licence fee to be decriminalised for this group.

Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con)

I share everyone’s disappointment that the BBC has chosen to break the agreement that it came to in 2015, but what worries me above all about this change is that we are talking about people who are very old and frail—people who may be suffering from developing dementia, or may be going into care homes or hospitals. They will be criminalised if they do not pay the licence fee. The Minister has the power to change that, and I urge him to do so.

Mr Whittingdale

As my hon. Friend is aware, there are strong feelings about the current criminal enforcement of the licence fee. The Government recognise that, which is why we are holding a consultation. We hope to say more about that soon.

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