Borough among worst for TV licence evasion

Four South London boroughs are among the 10 worst for people dodging paying for their TV licence.

The TV Licensing Authority has revealed that Greenwich, Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark have the most households who are not permitted to watch programmes, but still do so.

Data released by TV licensing has shown that in all four boroughs, more than 1,100 people were caught without a TV licence between 2016-17.

Across London’s 32 boroughs the worst for TV license evasion was Enfield, followed by Croydon and Barking & Dagenham.

Greenwich was not fair behind with 1,391 people caught watching TV without the proper license over the past year. Between them the worst 10 boroughs account for more than 20 per cent of all TV licence evaders caught in London over the past 12 months.

The figures have been released as part of an effort to remind Londoners to pay for their TV licence.

Currently 15 per cent of those not paying the £147 annual fee in London believe they cannot be visited by a TV Licensing Enquiry Officer because of where they live. A TV Licence is required if you watch or record live TV on any channel.

Since September 2016 you also need a TV licence to watch or download BBC programmes on iPlayer.


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