Open consultation

Consultation on decriminalising TV licence evasion

Summary

We welcome views from both members of the public and organisations on whether the Government should proceed with the decriminalisation of TV licence evasion by replacing the criminal sanction with an alternative civil enforcement scheme.

This consultation closes at

Consultation description

The Government believes that it is right to look again at decriminalising TV licence evasion in order to ensure a proportionate and fair approach to licence fee penalties and payments is in place, which protects the most vulnerable in our society.

The consultation will seek responses on whether to decriminalise evasion and give consideration to how this could happen. The determining factors that the Government will consider include:

  • Would an alternative, non-criminal enforcement scheme be fairer and more proportionate?
  • What the cost is and how difficult it would be to implement any alternative scheme?
  • What is the potential impact on licence fee payers, particularly the most vulnerable and those with protected characteristics?
  • And what is the overall impact on licence fee collection?

Documents

Consultation on decriminalising TV licence evasion

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Ways to respond

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Email to:

tvlicencedecriminalisation@culture.gov.uk

Write to:

FAO Decriminalisation of TV licence evasion consultation
Media Team
DCMS
4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street
London
SW1A 2BQ

Published 5 February 2020