A fine excuse not to pay for TV Licence

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WIGAN’S TV licensing dodging shame was published today.

More than 770 people were found viewing their sets illegally over the first eight months of 2011.

And the most outlandish reasons given for not buying a TV Licence over the last year were also revealed ... including an affair with the postman, badly-behaved children and anxious pet parakeets!

It is a legal requirement to be covered by a valid TV Licence if you are watching or recording TV at the same time as it is broadcast.

This is the sixth year that TV Licensing has revealed an annual league of unlikely excuses for not paying for TV Licence.

Tim Downs, TV Licensing spokesperson for the North of England, said: “Some evaders are very inventive with their excuses which can be quite entertaining. But the point is that watching or recording live TV without a licence is against the law. In fairness to the honest majority of people who pay the fee, we will prosecute those who try to avoid it.

“We would always prefer people to pay than risk a fine of up to £1,000. We offer a wide range of payment options to help spread the cost and suit people’s needs. These can all be set up quickly and easily online at www.tvlicensing.co.uk or by phone.”

Sarah Collins, development consultant for the North for AdviceUK, the UK’s largest network of independent advice centres, added: “The TV Licence should be treated as essential expenditure when drawing up a household budget. You could get a magistrates’ court fine for not having a licence.

“We know that some people find managing their finances challenging so it’s important they have access to free independent advice on how to budget and spread the cost of household bills. AdviceUK works with TV Licensing to raise awareness of the different ways you can pay for your licence, including over the phone, online, or in weekly instalments at a PayPoint outlet.”

Anyone in doubt about when a TV Licence is or isn’t needed can easily check by visiting www.tvlicensing.co.uk or by calling 0300 790 6112.