2,200 in Plymouth caught without a TV licence
MORE than 2,200 people in the city have been caught without a TV licence.
TV Licensing has revealed more than 4,200 people were caught watching their televisions without a licence in Devon during 2012.
The average evasion rate remains at a low of just over five percent, meaning almost 95 per cent of homes are correctly licensed.
Warren Carr, TV Licensing spokesperson, said: "The data released shows evasion remains at historically low levels of approximately five per cent, with the overwhelming majority of people ensuring there 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 WHO 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.
"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."
Head of creditor relations at StepChange debt charity Richard Haymes said: "TV Licensing makes it easier for us to help clients keep within the law. We welcome the many ways to pay – this will help people on lower incomes plan and meet their TV Licensing requirements and we would ask anyone experiencing difficulty 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.