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Although they are officially named 'enforcement officers', TV Licensing staff who are employed by private firm Capita on the BBC's behalf do not possess any official powers of arrest and cannot enter homes or search property without permission. The 334 staff make four million home visits a year to gather evidence of licence fee evasion, leading to around 180,000 prosecutions. However, homeowners have complained of being harassed even when they do not own a TV, while letters have been sent to the families of viewers who are long dead. Keira Knightley, 28, has said she was 'hounded by TV licence people' even though she did not own a TV. Under BBC policy, all requests to remove the right of access are honoured as enforcers would be trespassing if they kept visiting. Tomorrow's debate will see MPs consider an amendment to the Deregulation Bill which would decriminalise non payment of the fee in 2016. Downing Street has backed the plans, put forward by Tory MP Andrew Bridgen after a petition was signed by 150 MPs from each of the three main political parties. Last night Mr Bridgen said homeowners withdrawing access shows growing anger towards the BBC: 'It is clear that a large proportion of the public resent the BBC's heavy handed way of collecting the fee.' Jonathan Isaby, of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: 'The fact that increasing numbers are using their right to withdraw access to TV licensing officials is further evidence that the days of the licence fee appear increasingly numbered.' A TV Licensing spokesman said it uses 'other forms of detection' when right of access is withdrawn. He said any complaints about staff are thoroughly investigated. Ministers are thought to be considering plans to block access to BBC programmes for licence fee cheats. If laws are passed to decriminalise fee evasion, the corporation will seek new powers to enforce payment. Senior BBC officials have repeatedly warned that removing the threat of jail could see evasion rates rise by 5 per cent, leading to losses of around 200million a year. One way to stop fee dodgers would be to cut off TV signals from those who fail to pay, in the same way as Sky or Virgin subscribers lose access. Since the digital switchover, it is possible to encrypt TV programmes so they can only be watched through sets equipped with smart cards. However, the BBC claims it would be prohibitively expensive to upgrade set top boxes around the country with the new technology. At present, most viewers watch BBC shows through Freeview boxes, which do not have such systems installed. BBC strategy chief James Purnell said: 'We think the cost of running the subscription system would be greater than the licence fee system.' Most watched News videos PM asked to accept she misread mood of Grenfell protesters Donald, Melania and Barron depart for first stay at Camp David seen flashing from burned through Grenfell Tower Man who heckled the Queen is upset with the progress at Glenfell USS Fitzgerald collides with Philippines vessel Horrifying moment woman hurls racial abuse at man in Huddersfield come over very strongly The Queen praises community spirit Queen joins minute silence for the victims of Grenfell fire Architect believes cladding on Grenfell Tower had chimney effect Theresa May leaves St Clements as angry protesters surround her Child asks London oakley hall hotel afternoon tea Mayor many kids died? at Grenfell fire site Royal family attends the Colour parade to mark the Queen birthday 'Put to the test, the UK has been resolute in the face of. Charlotte and George steal the show! Kate and her little. Father's Day getaway! Trump heads to 'very rustic' Camp. 'We will bring people to justice': Police chief vows to. Mystery of the mom who left her four year old daughter. George Clooney gets in hot water with the yachting set as. Two London underground tube lines are halted amid fears. 'The screams will live with me forever': Hero firefighter. 'I don't believe she has a conscience': Heartbroken. 'I loaded every weapon I could': Hero dad tells how two. Four hotel oakley hall in basingstoke hours of horror: How the inferno took hold of. The best liar I've ever met. and the deadliest: She was. Camille Cosby calls prosecutors 'heinously and. 'My brother's in the flat but he's dead:' What. Apparitions of nuns, murdered schoolboys and the ghost of. Theresa May admits response to Grenfell Tower disaster. At ease! Guardsmen COLLAPSES at Trooping the Colour as. Carrie Fisher died of sleep apnea and 'had multiple drugs. MOST READ NEWS Previous.

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