Opt-out process for Licence Fee enforcement

Mark made this Freedom of Information request to British Broadcasting Corporation

The request was successful.

From: Mark

6 November 2011

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

In RFI20110690, you stated that citizens had no obligation to
co-operate with BBC-TV Licensing enforcement processes - ie. no
obligation to respond to letters and no obligation to agree to
interview or home searches.

Please can you therefore tell me:-

1. By reference to staff training documentation, policy documents
etc., how would a member of the public signify to BBC-TV Licensing
their intention to withdraw from the enforcement process, such that
BBC/TV-Licensing would respect their instuctions? (For clarity: so
that no further letters would be sent by you and no "visits"
attempted).

2. By reference to staff training documentation, policy documents,
Intranet content, etc., what is the entire list of types of actions
that you accept can be taken by members of the public that will
result in your "investigation" being
cancelled/withdrawn/curtailled. (For clarity: so that no further
letters would be sent by you and no "visits" attempted).

3. By reference to your database, records of correspondence from
members of the public, e-mails, decision-making process records, or
similar, please provide an anonymous summary list of the types of
notification of withdrawal from the BBC/TV-Licensing enforcement
process that have actually been given by members of the public, and
received and actioned by BBC/TV-Licensing.

4. Any numerical/statistical analysis that has been created in
respect of (3).

Yours faithfully,

Mark (on behalf of LicenceFree.co.uk)

Link to this

From: FOI Enquiries
British Broadcasting Corporation

7 November 2011

Dear Mark,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was
received on 6th November. We will deal with your request as promptly as
possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any
queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20111356.

Kind regards,

The Information Policy & Compliance Team
BBC Freedom of Information
Room 2252, BBC White City
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TS
www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]
Tel: 020 8008 2882
Fax: 020 8008 2398

show quoted sections

Link to this

From: FOI Enquiries
British Broadcasting Corporation

1 December 2011

Dear Mark

I am writing to apologise that we will not be able to meet the
20-working-day deadline for responding to your request. We are working on
it, and anticipate that we will be able to respond by Friday 9th December.
If this is not possible, we will write again then to update you.

Yours sincerely

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
Room 2252, BBC White City
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TS

[1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [2][BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882
Fax: 020 8008 2398

 

show quoted sections

Link to this

From: FOI Enquiries
British Broadcasting Corporation

2 December 2011


Attachment RFI20111356 final response.pdf
85K Download View as HTML

Attachment RFI20111356 Disclosure Document 1 WOIRA Policy.pdf
281K Download View as HTML

Attachment RFI20111356 Disclosure Document 2.pdf
17K Download View as HTML

Attachment RFI20111356 Disclosure Document 3.pdf
84K Download View as HTML

Attachment RFI20111356 Disclosure Document 4.pdf
40K Download View as HTML

Attachment RFI20111356 Disclosure Document 5.pdf
25K Download View as HTML

Attachment RFI20111356 Disclosure Document 6.pdf
19K Download View as HTML

Attachment RFI20111356 Disclosure Document 7.pdf
14K Download View as HTML

Attachment RFI20111356 Disclosure Document 8.pdf
13K Download View as HTML

Attachment RFI20111356 Disclosure Document 9.pdf
13K Download View as HTML


Dear Mark

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20111356

<<RFI20111356 - final response.pdf>>
<<RFI20111356 - Disclosure Document 1 - WOIRA Policy.pdf>> <<RFI20111356 -
Disclosure Document 2.pdf>> <<RFI20111356 - Disclosure Document 3 .pdf>>
<<RFI20111356 - Disclosure Document 4.pdf>> <<RFI20111356 - Disclosure
Document 5.pdf>> <<RFI20111356 - Disclosure Document 6.pdf>> <<RFI20111356
- Disclosure Document 7.pdf>> <<RFI20111356 - Disclosure Document 8.pdf>>
<<RFI20111356 - Disclosure Document 9.pdf>>

Yours sincerely
Rachel Hallett

BBC Information Policy and Compliance
Room 2252, White City
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TS, UK

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [2]mailto:[BBC request email]
Tel: 020 8008 2883
Fax: 020 8008 2398
 

 
[3]http://www.bbc.co.uk
This e-mail (and any attachments) is confidential and may contain personal
views which are not the views of the BBC unless specifically stated.
If you have received it in error, please delete it from your system.
Do not use, copy or disclose the information in any way nor act in
reliance on it and notify the sender immediately.
Please note that the BBC monitors e-mails sent or received.
Further communication will signify your consent to this.

References

Visible links
1. file://www.bbc.co.uk/foi
2. mailto:[BBC request email]
3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/

Link to this

From: Mark

2 December 2011

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of
Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of British Broadcasting
Corporation's handling of my FOI request 'Opt-out process for
Licence Fee enforcement'.

In the case of a non-statutory process that is being imposed upon
the public, it is vital that the relevant authority is able to
fully and frankly disclose information about citizens' rights when
requested to do so.

In this case, I have personal experience that the effect of a
number of forms of action causes "TVL" to cease investigation
activities. This is not limited to "WOIRA".

So, let me extrapolate my original request, thus:-

By reference to staff training materials, policy documents,
internal emails and similar documentation, please (a) confirm that
the following actions have meaning to BBC-TVL in terms of
moderating or curtailing your enforcement activities, and (b)
indicate what form of moderation or curtailment is involved in each
case:

1) Letter alleging harassment.
2) Solicitor's letter alleging harassment.
3) Formal complaint at the level of BBC Head of Revenue Management
or above.
4) WOIRA with exception for attendance at an appointed date & time.
5) Instruction that BBC-TVL may attend only in the event that
evidence of evasion becomes known.
6) Letter instructing you to "cease & desist" from sending
mass-mailing letters.
7) Letter instructing you to "cease & desist" all enforcement
activities.
8) A notice physically posted on visited premises instructing
BBC-TVL to leave.
9) The use of CCTV or other video recording equipment at the time
of a BBC-TVL visit to premises.
10) Involvement of the MP of someone who does not need a TV
Licence.

*AND a COMPLETE DISCLOSURE of any/all other forms of action that
can be taken by citizens that are meaningful in terms of your
internal policy decisions on the nature and continuance of
enforcement activity*

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is
available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/op...

Yours faithfully,

Mark

Link to this

From: FOI Enquiries
British Broadcasting Corporation

5 December 2011

Dear Mark

I refer to your email below. Whilst you have entitled it Internal Review,
it appears to be a new request for information relating to the ten actions
you have listed. We will therefore process this request for information,
under the reference number RFI20111491.

Yours sincerely
The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
Room 2252, BBC White City
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TS

[1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [2][BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882
Fax: 020 8008 2398

show quoted sections

Link to this

From: FOI Enquiries
British Broadcasting Corporation

4 January 2012


Attachment RFI20111491 final response.pdf
107K Download View as HTML

Attachment RFI20111491 disclosure document 2.pdf
10K Download View as HTML

Attachment RFI20111491 disclosure document 1.pdf
22K Download View as HTML


Dear Mark

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20111491

<<RFI20111491 - final response.pdf>>
<<RFI20111491 - disclosure document 2.pdf>> <<RFI20111491 - disclosure
document 1.pdf>>

Yours sincerely
Rachel Hallett

BBC Information Policy and Compliance
Room 2252, White City
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TS, UK

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [2]mailto:[BBC request email]
Tel: 020 8008 2883
Fax: 020 8008 2398
 

 
[3]http://www.bbc.co.uk
This e-mail (and any attachments) is confidential and may contain personal
views which are not the views of the BBC unless specifically stated.
If you have received it in error, please delete it from your system.
Do not use, copy or disclose the information in any way nor act in
reliance on it and notify the sender immediately.
Please note that the BBC monitors e-mails sent or received.
Further communication will signify your consent to this.

References

Visible links
1. file://www.bbc.co.uk/foi
2. mailto:[BBC request email]
3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/

Link to this

Mark left an annotation ( 4 January 2012)

Quote-marks I think I've got as much useful information from the BBC as they have/are prepared to release.

I'm not convinced that they have embraced the true spirit of the FOI requirements or recognise the true situation of their enforcement regime in law.

Link to this

Things to do with this request

Anyone:
British Broadcasting Corporation only:

Follow this request

There is 1 person following this request

Offensive? Unsuitable?

Requests for personal information and vexatious requests are not considered valid for FOI purposes (read more).

If you believe this request is not suitable, you can report it for attention by the site administrators

Report this request

Act on what you've learnt

Similar requests

More similar requests

Event history details

Are you the owner of any commercial copyright on this page?