During one of my regular trawls of cyberspace I came across a forum thread about TV Licensing debt collectors harassing fee payers.
Summarising the key points, the thread starter's previous TV licence expired on 30th September 2010 so TV Licensing, with the viewer's best interests at heart (not), put them on a monthly payment plan for their new licence. They paid £45 on 3rd December 2010, £52 on 3rd March 2011 and £48.50 on 23rd March 2011. That was the full £145.50 fee paid off... or so they thought.
Scroll forward a couple of weeks to April 2011 and TV Licensing were still after their pound of flesh. A few phone calls later and TV Licensing were threatening to send their debt collection agents, iQor, around to their door to scare them into compliance. Remember that TV Licensing had already received their £145.50, albeit in unusual instalments, and the property was now correctly licensed until 30th September 2011.
This story perfectly illustrates the problems of taking up a payment plan with TV Licensing. Most reputable, law-abiding organisations call off the debt collectors the moment a dispute is raised. The law actually requires that. TV Licensing, who think they are the law, again show their willingness to terrorise completely innocent people on their doorstep for a fee they don't owe.
The BBC and TV Licensing are a national disgrace. The quicker the new Government clip the pro-Labour BBC's wings the better.