The Government has decided not to go ahead with plans to decriminalise non-payment of the TV licence fee, despite Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden stating the criminal sanction was "increasingly unfair and disproportionate". The news has prompted an outcry from anti-licence fee campaigners, who claim the current system is "cruel" and unjust.
Anti-licence fee campaigner Caroline Lévesque-Bartlett berated the Prime Minister for failing to decriminalise non-payment of the TV licence.
She told Express.co.uk: "I'm quite p****d off by Boris' recent U-turn on the TV licence but I can't say that I'm shocked. After all, Boris has become 'Captain U-Turn'."
Ms Lévesque went on to explain why the annual payment should be abolished entirely.
She said: "The TV licence fee needs to go for a million reasons.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The BBC has come under fire after Boris ditched his plans to decriminalise non-payment of TV fee (Image: Getty)
The Government has decided not to decriminalise the BBC TV licence fee (Image: Getty)
"It's a strain on the criminal system (1 in 10 cases are for this crime), on poor people (being denied all so-called free channels like ITV in this pandemic because one can't afford to fund the BBC is just cruel) and women in general (nearly 3/4 of people prosecuted are women).
"But also, it's not serving viewers properly. This guaranteed income means the BBC doesn't have to try hard.
"It doesn't have to answer to anyone, including their own rapidly diminishing audience.
"Basically the TV licence fee, as it is, only serves the BBC fat cats and the tiny minority that still think the BBC can do no wrong and that a world without it is basically not worth living."
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A TV licence is required to watch programmes on iPlayer (Image: Getty)
Former Brexit Party MEP, Rupert Lowe, also condemned the Government's decision not to decriminalise non-payment of the TV licence fee.
He told this website: "The BBC needs to be put firmly in its place.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer