430 TV licence dodgers nicked

During the first six months of this year 430 people were caught watching TV without a licence in the Halifax area.

TV Licensing said they were among 204,000 people caught across the UK.

The average evasion rate remains at a low of just over five per cent of properties.

TV Licensing spokeswoman Jenny Wilkinson said: “The vast majority of people in the UK continue to pay their licence fee.

“Unfortunately, a minority of people do not, which is unfair to the law-abiding majority.

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

“We do understand some people may find it difficult to pay their licence fee in one go, which is why we offer numerous ways to spread the cost, including a weekly cash payment plan, a savings card and monthly Direct Debit scheme.”

Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS) director of external affairs Delroy Corinaldi, said: “We work closely with people experiencing financial difficulties to help them manage their outgoings and meet household bills and expenses.

“TV Licensing makes the process of purchasing a licence as easy as possible, with many ways to pay.

“We would urge anyone having trouble 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.

Anyone watching TV illegally risks prosecution and a hefty fine.