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Friday, 31 October 2014

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More than 1,000 caught in north and west Cumbria without TV licence

Around 650 people in Carlisle were caught watching television without a licence.

TV Licensing released the figures yesterday, showing another 120 were caught in Whitehaven during 2012, 30 in Penrith, 190 in Workington and 60 in Wigton.

Licensing chiefs said the levels of cheating “remained low” – at just over five per cent.

Spokesperson Lucy Baird said: “The overwhelming majority of people are licensed. In order to be fair to the law-abiding majority who do pay, we’ll continue to pursue the small minority of people do not pay.

“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.”

A colour TV licence 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.

Visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk.

Have your say

I wonder how many of these licence dodgers are more than happy to pay for SKY, the internet and a smart phone?

Posted by Johnstitch on 27 February 2013 at 21:39

@M.Sagan,

Are you just as vocal about the Royal Mail?
How about United Utilities?
There are many 'monopolies' operating, most of them quietly and without controversy, but people seem to pick out the BBC, mainly because of misguided political opinions.

And you do have a choice - don't own a television. In today's world, there's many more source of information and entertainment.

Posted by Nathan on 27 February 2013 at 16:01

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