More than 170 Bromsgrove people caught watching TV without a licence in 2012 (From Bromsgrove Advertiser)
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More than 170 Bromsgrove people caught watching TV without a licence in 2012
2:20pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 in Local
TV Licensing has revealed more than 170 people were caught watching TV without a licence in Bromsgrove during 2012.
This compares to more than 680 in Worcester, more than 530 in Redditch and more than 450 in Kidderminster.
The average evasion rate remains at a low of just over five per cent, meaning almost 95 per cent of homes are correctly licensed.
Mark Whitehouse, West Midlands TV Licensing spokesman, said: “The data released shows evasion remains at historically low levels of approximately five per cent, with the overwhelming majority of people ensuring they 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.”
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.