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Govt Response to Decriminalising TV Licence Evasion Consultation

The government has published its response to the public consultation on decriminalising TV licence evasion in two forms; A press release and a written statement to Parliament.

The consultation, which received over 150,000 responses, asked if the government should decriminalise TV licence evasion by replacing the criminal sanction with an alternative civil enforcement.

The press release quotes The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary; "A criminal sanction for TV licence evasion in the digital media age feels outdated and wrong, and many who responded to our consultation agreed. Whilst the delivery of decriminalisation right now is problematic, we intend to keep looking at this as we negotiate the next Licence Fee settlement and push for the reforms at the BBC that the new leadership has recognised are needed."

The written statement confirms that decriminalisation remains under consideration and will form part of the 2022-27 Fee discussions.

Press Release
Written Statement to Parliament