Apparently we had to opt out of the new package, that they force on you, by a certain date, and if we did not, then they would give us the new package and we would have to pay more.
He would have received notification. Perhaps he did, and simply binned it?
You still need a TV license @ £150 / year.
Only if it's live broadcasts. For some reason, they still haven't got round to the idea of people watching stuff "on demand".
Why don't you just get a power of attorney drawn up? A friendly notary will turn a blind eye to the need to be physically present...
(ah, wait - I guess you might not have someone there to help!)