VALE LABOUR COUNCIL “FORGOT” TO RENEW SHELTERED PENSIONERS’ TV LICENCES

The Vale Council is responsible for running the Fairoaks sheltered accommodation estate in Dinas Powys – and for renewing tenants’ TV licences.

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.

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6 Responses to VALE LABOUR COUNCIL “FORGOT” TO RENEW SHELTERED PENSIONERS’ TV LICENCES

  1. Philip Rapier says:

    How dare they bring such shame on my Party-if true- and I wouldn’t be surprised if this allegation is completely accurate. Those responsible should be disciplined and I promise you I shall be writing to Mr. Corbyn so as to ensure it cannot happen again under a Labour Council.
    HOWEVER the BBC have had not so much snouts in the trough but more fat cat tongues in the sewer over this issue previously. Read this and be warned that the BBC want to put their hand in your Granny’s purse and steal her pension..
    Daily Mail Headline 26 Feb 17
    “BBC’s TV licence bullies are exposed: How ruthless bosses order staff to catch 28 people a week for bonuses of £15,000 a year”
    ” Under an aggressive incentive scheme, hundreds of enforcement officers have orders to each catch 28 evaders a week.Bosses promise bonuses of up to £15,000 a year, saying staff must gather evidence to take as many people to court as possible. Homeowners who fail to pay can be fined and given criminal records.Among the vulnerable targeted in the past seven days are a war veteran with dementia and a desperate young mother in a women’s refuge. The revelations come from an investigation by a Daily Mail undercover reporter interviewed for an enforcement job by Capita. The outsourcing firm is paid £58million a year to collect licence fees for the BBC, bringing in £3.74billion a year.”

  2. Chris David says:

    BBC is indeed corrupt but I have to ask: why are “they” exempt from licence fees?

  3. Sick of the same old politicians says:

    Surely council officers are responsible for this not the out going council members.

  4. AK says:

    I can’t really see how the political persuasion of the Council is relevant here.

    Some incompetent Council staff member has ignored the renewals several times – they are the one at fault.

    • Penileaks says:

      I fully agree.
      I’m not a Labour supporter, but apart from an accusation that they possibly didn’t manage the Vale managers properly, the blame must lie in the office that should have dealt with this matter at the time. Remember, those same persons are still in their jobs and haven’t simply disappeared now that the Tories control the council.
      Incompetent council staff, as AK says.

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