posted on Oct, 15 2016 @ 06:25 AM
As a person on benefits because of serious illness and having a daughter who has anorexia our family life is hectic and poor but we try and muddle our
way through, I've never been a person to ignore debt or deliberately create it but we have had times when the choice was to go and see my daughter in
hospital or eat and we went to the hospital as she needed us. The consequence was that we built up small debts that we settle asap, one of those was
with the TV licensing people, the year previously we had been taken to court for no license, I didn't try all the nonsense freeman law stuff nor
denied I had a TV, I simply told them my daughter was in a secure hospital and we spent what we had on getting to see her as she was in an awful way,
this was simply brushed aside by the guy at the court and he demanded we pay now or go through the court process, being that I was already chronically
depressed I begged my mother in law to help and she kindly took some money from her pension savings and paid the bill.
Now fast forward to recently, we took out a payment plan and did our best to keep up, we managed to at the worst point be 21.00 in arrears but
resolved that to 0 arrears as they have been since but in between that the TV people issued a court summons called a Single Justice Procedure Notice
where we have to plead guilty or not guilty, if we plead not guilty the Judge will look at the circumstances and decide if we should be fined. So I
rang up TV licensing and said "we owe you nothing" to which I was told that we had fallen behind with the plan and as we were taken to court last
year they want to fine us. I explained the circumstances but he said it was another department and can't be stopped, I obviously said that I was
talking to the TV people now so they COULD sort it if they wanted, the end result is that I've got to decide my plea which will be not guilty and
HOPE that my serious circumstances and the fact I owe them nothing will count for something.
Now to me this all p*sses me off that they can try and fine people who ARE paying their plan just to rake in MORE money, personally I rarely watch the
TV as depression and illness has made me a bit of a recluse at times, my wife watches it when we are in but that's about it but as we have a TV I pay
the license but struggle. Now the government have the power to outlaw cheap shots like this but they refuse to, we do have a genuine hard time of it,
we never go out for entertainment, neither of us smoke, we have a rare bottle of wine on a weekend on a week where every thing is paid up and my only
indulgence is the Internet which helps my depression and gives me a world that my disabilities can't deprive me of using.
We eat cheaply by getting the reduced stuff at the end of the day, any spare money goes towards my daughters getting better, I don't ask them to
ignore my debt, simply to understand we really do have a hard time and if I miss a week or two its down to getting money every two weeks, its not some
grand scheme to do them out of license money.
The sad thing is they simply don't give a stuff and look to increase your debt by fining you when you might owe a week or two or in our case NOTHING.
Bloody outrage, the BBC is funded by the government yet the BBC fritter away money on £2,000 sofa's that are in storage and pay bloated amounts of
money to so called stars while from what my wife says, offering a shoddy set of TV programmes.
Lifes a HUGE p*ss take.....