It’s now come to light that the outgoing Labour administration of the Vale of Glamorgan Council [ which was kicked out of office in the May 4th local government elections] – has apparently failed to renew the exemption from TV licences for over 93 tenants in a sheltered housing estate in Dinas Powys.
The licences for tenants of the Fairoaks sheltered housing development at Dinas Powys were supposed to have had their exemptions renewed in bulk by the Vale Council by March 31st 2017 when their existing exemption expired
At that time the Labour administration was in power at the Vale of Glamrogan Council. However, despite being sent 3 renewal reminders, the Vale Council officers did not renew the TV Licence exemptions for the sheltered-estate tenants.
Yesterday morning all 93 tenants at Fairoaks received letters from the TV Licensing warning them that their would now be individually liable to pay £147 each for their licences out of their own pockets – licences from which, as sheltered accommodation tenants, they would normally be exempt from having to purchase.
It’s understood the matter has now been brought to the attention of the new Conservative Vale Council and is being dealt with by Cllr Andrew Parker the cabinet member for housing and building services.
It’s not yet known whether there are any other Vale of Glamorgan Council sheltered accommodation units which have not had their tv licences renewed.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has been asked for a comment.