PRN: TV Licensing Publishes Annual Evader Statistics: Almost 390,000 Caught in 2011
TV Licensing Publishes Annual Evader Statistics: Almost 390,000 Caught in 2011 [31-January-2012] LONDON, January 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Almost 390,000 people across the UK were caught watching a TV without a valid licence in 2011, according to figures published today by TV Licensing.
TV Licensing Publishes Annual Evader Statistics: Almost 390,000 Caught in 2011
LONDON, January 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Almost 390,000 people across the UK were caught watching a TV without a valid licence in 2011, according to figures published today by TV Licensing.
More than 50,000 were caught in Greater London, more than 17,400 in Glasgow and more than 10,700 in Birmingham.
TV Licensing catches more than 1,000 evaders every day. Other cities with a high number of evaders caught include:
The estimated evasion rate remains steady at around 5%, as it has done for the last five years. Â This means the vast majority of people, or 19 out of 20 households and businesses, are correctly licensed in accordance with the legal requirements. Â There are more than 25 million licences in force across the UK.
Farimah Darbyshire, TV Licensing spokesperson, said:
"TV viewing is as popular as ever, with the percentage of households who have a television set at 96.7%*, and it's our role to make sure everyone is aware of when they need to be covered by a licence. Â On behalf of licence fee payers, we are committed to tackling evasion and enforcing the law amongst the small minority who should pay, but don't. Â It's only fair.
"People are given every opportunity to pay, but, if they fail to do so and watch TV illegally, we will seek a prosecution. The penalty is a fine of up to Â£1,000, plus court costs and a victim surcharge. Â Anyone found guilty is also required to buy a TV Licence at Â£145.50 if they still need one or they could face a second prosecution. Â It's really not worth the risk."
TV Licensing wants to make it as easy as possible for people to pay for a TV Licence and therefore offers numerous ways to spread the cost, including Direct Debit and a weekly or monthly cash payment plan. Â Information to help people decide which payment option will work best for them can be found on the TV Licensing website - http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk.
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Paying for a TV Licence:
TV Licensing aims to make it as easy as possible for people to buy a TV Licence, which is why there are many ways to pay. Visit http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/info or call 0300 790 6112 for more information on any of the following payment methods:
• Online by Direct Debit or with a debit or credit card. Monthly, quarterly or annual Direct Debit schemes are available.
• Over-the-counter at any of more than 23,000 PayPoint outlets
• By debit or credit card over the phone - call 0300 790 6112
• By post - send a cheque payable to TV Licensing to: TV Licensing, Bristol BS98 1TL or fill in a Direct Debit form
• In weekly or monthly instalments on our cash payment plan either over the counter at PayPoint outlets, online, by SMS or by phone
Notes to editor:
For more information, please callÂ Farimah Darbyshire at the TV Licensing press office on +44(0)20-7544-3144.