TPA submission to consultation on decriminalising TV licence evasion

In February 2020 the government launched a consultation on decriminalising TV licence evasion. Read the TaxPayers' Alliance submission below:

Executive summary

  • Non-payment of the TV licence should become a civil rather than criminal offence. This is because the current criminal offence is especially burdensome on the most vulnerable and those with protected characteristics, as well as the court system.

  • Non-payment should be treated as a civil debt, mirroring the treatment of unpaid utility bills.

  • Conditional access devices could be used to mitigate the impact of non-payment. Such technology already exists.

Click here to read the full submission.

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