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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Review of TV Licence Evasion Penalties

The Sentencing Council looks set to review the penalties recommended for those convicted of TV licence evasion.

According to statute, the maximum penalty for the offence of TV licence evasion is a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale, which is currently £1,000 maximum.

However, the current (March 2016) edition of the Council's Magistrates' Court Sentencing Guidelines, available to view here, recommends that Magistrates impose a maximum fine at band B, which is the equivalent of 100% of the offender's recommended weekly income. Unless the offender is very well paid, which is unlikely for a TV licence evader, this band B figure is likely to be far less than the £1,000 theoretical maximum.

Under new proposals, the Council wants the offence of TV licence evasion to be considered more serious when the offender has made no attempt to obtain a licence, has actively tried to evade detection or has an additional subscription TV service.

Council member Jill Gramann said: "Our revision of the guidelines will ensure magistrates in England and Wales have clear guidance using a consistent approach to help them sentence fairly and proportionately.

"We are keen to hear people's views of our proposed changes, whether they are magistrates, others working in the criminal justice system or anyone else with an interest in this area of sentencing."

Around 3,000 people a week are hauled before Magistrates' Courts in England and Wales on TV licence evasion charges. TV licence cases account for around 13% of all court time.

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Anonymous said...

I pay for Sky which I watch, so my Beeb penalty should be even higher than normal? This is sick.

Anonymous said...

We have repeatedly demonstrated that no-one need ever:
1. Answer to a doorstep visitor. After all did your mother ever tell you to never speak to strangers? AND
2. Answer to TVL enforcers. After all, the first words of the caution are:
"[NAME] you don't have to say anything..." so never give your name when asked. They cannot start a caution until they have a name. See:
http://dailym.ai/1mdQjgo AND
3. Answer to police due to the case of Rice versus Connolly as heard at Queens Bench Division in May 1966. Details at:
http://swarb.co.uk/rice-v-connolly-1966/ AND
http://www.hrcr.org/safrica/arrested_rights/Rice_Connolly.htm AND
4. Allow anyone into your home AND
5. Answer to the thugs at the magistrates' court. This week when asked "What was plea, guilty or not guilty?" We said: "No case to answer." Prosecution withdrew the charge (school absence PCN) See:
http://dailym.ai/22f87Yq AND
6. Even if a judgement is uttered it can be overturned. Invoke Barrell jurisdiction. See: http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed33742