Television Licences: Non-payment

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered am ar 12 Chwefror 2024.

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Photo of Lord Botham Lord Botham Crossbench

To ask His Majesty's Government how many people aged (1) 20–30, (2) 31–40, (3) 41–50, (4) 51–60, (5) 61–75, and (6) 76 and over, were prosecuted in (a) 2021, (b) 2022, and (c) 2023, for non-payment of their TV licences.

Photo of Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)

The requirement to hold, and pay for, a television licence is set out in the Communications Act 2003 and the Communications (Television Licensing) Regulations 2004. Under the Communications Act 2003, the BBC is responsible for the collection and enforcement of the TV licensing system.

The Ministry of Justice currently publishes the number of prosecutions, convictions, and sentencing outcomes for the non-payment of TV licence fees annually as part of its quarterly criminal justice statistics, which can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/criminal-justice-statistics-quarterly

The figures are not broken down in the exact age groups requested. A breakdown of people proceeded against for TV licence evasion in England and Wales broken down by the age groups provided in the Ministry of Justice’s figures is below:

21-29

2021 - 9,767

2022 - 7,498

2023 - 5,705

30-39

2021 - 18,635

2022 - 16,273

2023 - 13,139

40-49

2021 - 12,804

2022 - 11,712

2023 - 9,790

50-59

2021 - 8,337

2022 - 8,050

2023 - 6,927

60-69

2021 - 3,042

2022 - 3,071

2023 - 2,931

70+

2021 - 269

2022 - 279

2023 - 266

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