Not for the first time we have heard how innocent non-TV users are being terrorised in their homes by perhaps the most heinous TV Licensing letter so far.
The letter, shown above, is designed to intimidate TV Licensing non-respondents by threatening them with court action, for an offence they probably haven't committed. Their only "crime" is to have ignored TV Licensing's previous requests for information - despite the Licensing Authority, the BBC, having confirmed that non-TV users are under no obligation to respond to any of TV Licensing's mailings.
The law requires that a licence is obtained for any device that is "installed or used" for "receiving or recording a television programme at the same time (or virtually the same time) as it is by members of the public". If equipment isn't used for that purpose then the property does not need to be licensed - end of.
The BBC and TV Licensing would do well to re-read and understand that legislation, which was set in a plane well above their own. Unfortunately TV Licensing, with its misguided impression that no-one could possibly survive without televisual stimulation, tend to assume that anyone failing to pay the fee is an evader.
For anyone left in any doubt at all, the way the BBC and TV Licensing enforce the licence fee is truly despicable. As we have seen time and time again they hide behind legal jargon, half-truths and veiled threats to coerce licence fee payment, often where none is due. If you ask them any uncomfortable questions about the seemingly indiscriminate way they enforce the fee then they hide behind the law to avoid answering. This is despite the BBC Trust saying it would take action to temper TV Licensing's accusatory tone.
Imagine your elderly relatives, enjoying a perfectly legal TV-free existence, received a letter like this designed to put them at their wits' end. I for one would not be happy.