WALTHAM FOREST: 1,150 caught watching TV without a licence

MORE than 1,150 people were caught watching TV without a licence in Waltham Forest during the first six months of 2010, new figures have revealed.

This compares to 955 in Barking and Dagenham and 1,200 people in Redbridge between January and June.

Almost 209,000 people were found to be flouting the licence law across the UK during the first half of this year although figures show almost 95 per cent of properties are correctly licensed.

Ian Fannon, a spokesman for TV Licensing, said: “The vast majority of people in the London area pay their licence fee, and to be fair to those who pay, we have to be firm with those who attempt to get away without paying.

“We take TV Licence evasion very seriously and, while we give people every opportunity to pay, we will not hesitate to prosecute if people continue to break the law."

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6:01pm Mon 16 Aug 10

Techno2 says...

The TV licence is a regressive tax, hitting the poor proportionately far harder than the rich.

There are proprtionately many more people who are poor in an area like this, than in the kinds of places that overpaid execs, spokespeople for the tax-collectors like Ian Fannon and, of course, many BBC stars live. I am not at all surprised therefore to see that there are many people in this area, deciding, for whatever reason, to risk breaking the law and not to pay this tax.

It is time it was abolished.
The TV licence is a regressive tax, hitting the poor proportionately far harder than the rich. There are proprtionately many more people who are poor in an area like this, than in the kinds of places that overpaid execs, spokespeople for the tax-collectors like Ian Fannon and, of course, many BBC stars live. I am not at all surprised therefore to see that there are many people in this area, deciding, for whatever reason, to risk breaking the law and not to pay this tax. It is time it was abolished. Techno2
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6:18pm Mon 16 Aug 10

Augustus says...

Hear, hear, Techno2! But bring back a meaningful dog licence.
Hear, hear, Techno2! But bring back a meaningful dog licence. Augustus
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9:25pm Mon 16 Aug 10

rubberneck says...

Techno2 wrote:
The TV licence is a regressive tax, hitting the poor proportionately far harder than the rich. There are proprtionately many more people who are poor in an area like this, than in the kinds of places that overpaid execs, spokespeople for the tax-collectors like Ian Fannon and, of course, many BBC stars live. I am not at all surprised therefore to see that there are many people in this area, deciding, for whatever reason, to risk breaking the law and not to pay this tax. It is time it was abolished.
They seem to be able to pinpoint an old dear watching a TV without a licence within a few inches of error but the Police cannot catch real criminals.
This is a dreadful tax
[quote][p][bold]Techno2[/bold] wrote: The TV licence is a regressive tax, hitting the poor proportionately far harder than the rich. There are proprtionately many more people who are poor in an area like this, than in the kinds of places that overpaid execs, spokespeople for the tax-collectors like Ian Fannon and, of course, many BBC stars live. I am not at all surprised therefore to see that there are many people in this area, deciding, for whatever reason, to risk breaking the law and not to pay this tax. It is time it was abolished.[/p][/quote]They seem to be able to pinpoint an old dear watching a TV without a licence within a few inches of error but the Police cannot catch real criminals. This is a dreadful tax rubberneck
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3:51pm Tue 17 Aug 10

Helen, Walthamstow says...

For that "dreadful tax", less than £3 per week, you get to watch a clutch of TV channels without the dreadful blight of commercial advertising breaking up programmes. Sounds a good deal to me.
For that "dreadful tax", less than £3 per week, you get to watch a clutch of TV channels without the dreadful blight of commercial advertising breaking up programmes. Sounds a good deal to me. Helen, Walthamstow
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11:32pm Tue 17 Aug 10

rubberneck says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
For that "dreadful tax", less than £3 per week, you get to watch a clutch of TV channels without the dreadful blight of commercial advertising breaking up programmes. Sounds a good deal to me.
Yes, essentially all repeats!
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: For that "dreadful tax", less than £3 per week, you get to watch a clutch of TV channels without the dreadful blight of commercial advertising breaking up programmes. Sounds a good deal to me.[/p][/quote]Yes, essentially all repeats! rubberneck
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