TV licence evaders continue to be caught

ALMOST 300 people in Angus were caught watching TV without a licence in the first six months of 2012.

They are among over 30,900 people caught across Scotland during the first half of this year.

This compares to more than 790 in Aberdeen City, over 1,670 in Dundee City and more than 1,970 in City of Edinburgh, who were caught without a licence.

The average evasion rate remains at a low of just over five per cent, meaning that almost 95 per cent of properties are correctly licensed.

Fergus Reid, TV Licensing spokesperson for Scotland warns there can be varied punishments for hose caught without a licence.

He said: “Today’s figures paint a very positive picture as the vast majority of people in the UK continue to pay their licence fee. Unfortunately, a minority of people do not pay for their licence, which is unfair to the law-abiding majority who do pay.

“If people decide to watch TV without being properly licensed, they risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

“We do understand some people may find it difficult to pay their licence fee in one go, which is why we offer numerous ways to spread the cost, including a weekly cash payment plan, a savings card and monthly Direct Debit scheme, which can all be set up very quickly online or over the phone.

“We also work with a range of money advice organisations – their staff can provide useful information and payment advice.”