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Consultation on decriminalising TV licence evasion

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has launched an consultation on decriminalising TV licence evasion and would 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.

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?

You can read more about the by the consultation by visting: 'Consultation on decriminalising TV licence evasion'

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You can respond to consultation online here, writing to:

FAO Decriminalisation of TV licence evasion consultation,

Media Team,


4th Floor, 100 Parliament Street



Or via email at:

The closing date and time for responses is 5pm on Wednesday 1st April 2020.


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