3,100 TV licence evaders in Bucks last year

Bucks Free Press: 3,100 TV licence evaders in Bucks last year 3,100 TV licence evaders in Bucks last year

MORE than 3,100 people were caught watching TV without a licence in Buckinghamshire during 2012, it was revealed today.

This compares to more than 3,100 in Bedfordshire, more than 8,300 in Essex.

The average evasion rate remains at a low of just over five per cent, meaning almost 95 per cent of homes are correctly licensed.

Victoria Sykes, TV Licensing spokesperson for London and the South East, said: “The data released today shows evasion remains at historically low levels of approximately five per cent, with the overwhelming majority of people ensuring there are correctly licensed.

"In order to be fair to the law-abiding majority who do pay for their licence, we’ll continue to pursue the small minority of people do not pay.

“We do understand some people may find it difficult to pay in one go, which is why we offer numerous ways to spread the cost. Payment options include a weekly cash payment plan, a savings card or a monthly Direct Debit scheme, which can be set up very quickly online or over the phone.

"We also work with a range of money advice organisations – their staff can provide useful information and payment advice to help people budget for a TV Licence.

“If people decide to watch TV without being properly licensed, they risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.”

Head of Creditor Relations at StepChange Debt Charity, Richard Haymes said: "TV Licensing makes it easier for us to help clients keep within the law.

"We welcome the many ways to pay – this will help people on lower incomes plan and meet their TV Licensing requirements and we would ask anyone experiencing difficulty with payments to contact TV Licensing so they can provide additional advice.”

A colour TV Licence currently costs £145.50 and is required by anyone watching or recording TV programmes as they are shown on TV, whether they are using a TV set, computer, or any other equipment.

For further information about licensing requirements and ways to pay, visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk

Comments (8)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

2:51pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Bill Taxpayer says...

Time to do away with the TV licence.
Time to do away with the TV licence. Bill Taxpayer

3:11pm Wed 20 Feb 13

MCarey says...

and probably tens of thousands up north who never pay, lol!
and probably tens of thousands up north who never pay, lol! MCarey

3:49pm Wed 20 Feb 13

miccles says...

Bill Taxpayer wrote:
Time to do away with the TV licence.
3,100 already have.
[quote][p][bold]Bill Taxpayer[/bold] wrote: Time to do away with the TV licence.[/p][/quote]3,100 already have. miccles

4:18pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Cyclo says...

Over the years I have got fed up with all the commercials that I now watch only BBC - and it's worth every penny.
Over the years I have got fed up with all the commercials that I now watch only BBC - and it's worth every penny. Cyclo

9:33pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Stand up for England says...

makes me laugh though ... "can be fined up to 1000 pounds". If the offender has done it, been caught, admitted whatever; then why fine less than this? Why should one person pay less than another ... means testing? It's absolute. Why not negotiate then on a parking ticket ? Keep it simple .. get caught, this is the fine but then I suppose it's the whole judicial system that's bolloxed !! ... The max sentence for burglary is 10 years but name just one burglar that ever got that? ... just saying ..
makes me laugh though ... "can be fined up to 1000 pounds". If the offender has done it, been caught, admitted whatever; then why fine less than this? Why should one person pay less than another ... means testing? It's absolute. Why not negotiate then on a parking ticket ? Keep it simple .. get caught, this is the fine but then I suppose it's the whole judicial system that's bolloxed !! ... The max sentence for burglary is 10 years but name just one burglar that ever got that? ... just saying .. Stand up for England

11:43pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Voyeur says...

The government could incorporate the licence fee into the taxation system really easily. The £145.50 would mean a small reduction in the tax free threshold for everyone (at the 20 pence tax rate) of £730. That way all these licence fee evaders would not need to be taken through the courts and so the court system freed up and the Licencing Authority (another quango) could be abolished. Win - Win.
The government could incorporate the licence fee into the taxation system really easily. The £145.50 would mean a small reduction in the tax free threshold for everyone (at the 20 pence tax rate) of £730. That way all these licence fee evaders would not need to be taken through the courts and so the court system freed up and the Licencing Authority (another quango) could be abolished. Win - Win. Voyeur

12:06pm Thu 21 Feb 13

sparky49 says...

Cyclo wrote:
Over the years I have got fed up with all the commercials that I now watch only BBC - and it's worth every penny.
Same here, commercial TV is dross.
BBC is far better, Ripper Street, The midwife and Death in paradise to name but 3.
[quote][p][bold]Cyclo[/bold] wrote: Over the years I have got fed up with all the commercials that I now watch only BBC - and it's worth every penny.[/p][/quote]Same here, commercial TV is dross. BBC is far better, Ripper Street, The midwife and Death in paradise to name but 3. sparky49

1:48pm Thu 21 Feb 13

wayneo says...

Other than Only fools and Horses and Top Gear, (which I get through my Sky subscription anyay), I begrudge being forced to pay for a bias left-wing organisation which produces pretty dross programmes and repeats.
Other than Only fools and Horses and Top Gear, (which I get through my Sky subscription anyay), I begrudge being forced to pay for a bias left-wing organisation which produces pretty dross programmes and repeats. wayneo

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree