Tv Licence Prosecution

Hi

I’ve been sent a letter saying I’ve been charged of having no licence and have 21 days to plead guilty or not guilt.
My question is, what sort of fine am I looking at and will I be able to pay monthly ? On paper I probably look like I’m ok financially as above minimum wage but have lots of debts and also suffer with depression and anxiety, which is why I’ve got myself in this position.
Thanks

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  • Kitten868
    Kitten868 Posts: 1,785 Forumite
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    Have you been watching any TV?
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  • fatbelly
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    The ones I see are around £250 when they add victim surcharge . It's a priority debt and can't be written off in bankruptcy so maybe start saving to pay it, and get advice on the other debts.
  • Willing2Learn
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    I have just been reading the TV Licensing Prosecution Code. If I understand it correctly, you have received a Single Justice Procedure (SJP) Notice. If that is the case, then you can avoid prosecution if you pay the license in full within 21 days of SJP Notice.

    Have a read for yourself:
    TV Licensing Prosecution Code
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  • Willing2Learn
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    @Debtfreemooo

    You posted up your SOA six months ago, looking for advice on your debts (you had 20-odd creditors). Just wondering if you have managed to put together a comprehensive plan to break the cycle of debt. (Basically asking how you are doing and is there anything we can help you with?)
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  • Debtfreemooo
    Debtfreemooo Posts: 23 Forumite
    Hi Willing, I believe that only applies if they write to you to say you can do that.
    When they came to My home I paid £25 then and there and then a direct debit of £25 came out a few days ago so I’ve already paid £50 towards it.
    Also, this happened a few years ago which is why I think I’ve been prosecuted this time as it states if you have being warned before then they will probably prosecute the second time. Thanks for your reply
  • Debtfreemooo
    Debtfreemooo Posts: 23 Forumite
    Not sure how to quote your reply willing sorry.
    Just this month I’ve sat down and sorted through all my debs and set up standing orders etc from one main bank account where that’s only used for bills, so I’m getting there thanks
  • EssexHebridean
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    Not sure how to quote your reply willing sorry.
    Just this month I’ve sat down and sorted through all my debs and set up standing orders etc from one main bank account where that’s only used for bills, so I’m getting there thanks

    That's a good start - have you reviewed your SOA to make sure that you are working within the budget you have set yourself for your monthly/annual expenses?

    From what you say you have already set up a payment programme for a TV license which is good - once you have paid a chunk of your first one the payments usually drop to a little under £13 a month going forwards.
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  • Cornucopia
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    Hi

    I’ve been sent a letter saying I’ve been charged of having no licence and have 21 days to plead guilty or not guilt.
    My question is, what sort of fine am I looking at and will I be able to pay monthly ? On paper I probably look like I’m ok financially as above minimum wage but have lots of debts and also suffer with depression and anxiety, which is why I’ve got myself in this position.
    Thanks

    The fine is based on the Means Statement form that you will be asked to submit. For someone on a low income, the base fine is likely to be in the region of £150-200 with other fees (£60-120) and surcharges (£40-50) added on.

    Yes, you can ask the Court for time to pay, and then pay by instalments.

    You don't say that you feel as if the charge is falsified, so I won't make any assumptions on that. However, the TV Licensing process is legally quite poor, so there may be some options for a defence.
  • sourcrates
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    Cornucopia wrote: »
    However, the TV Licensing process is legally quite poor, so there may be some options for a defence.


    That is putting it mildly, its an arcaic, way out of date, piece of junk legislation, that should be consigned to the history books along with flogging and the drowning of whitches !!
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  • fatbelly
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    I started to notice fewer people were buying a licence a couple of years ago. It's accelerating now. I reckon half the people I see (I'm a debt adviser in a deprived area) now do not have one and if I believe what I'm told, most of those opt out legitimately.

    You just need to be able to declare
    • I don't watch or record programmes as they're being shown on TV or live on an online TV service, on any channel, using any device. This includes TVs, desktop computers, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, games consoles, digital boxes or DVD/VHS recorders.
    • I don't watch or record programmes from abroad as they're being shown on TV or live on an online TV service.
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