The BBC licence fee shake-up

The days of being faced with prison for not paying your television licence fee may be numbered. MPs of all parties have backed an amendment to a private members’ bill (the Deregulation Bill) that would result in a review of the current penalties for not paying your licence fee.

While no change will happen before the next election, from summer 2015 non-payment could become a civil rather than a criminal offence (in 2012, 51 people went to prison for not paying licence fee fines).

A wide range of figures, from Labour’s Harriet Harman to former BBC boss Lord Michael Grade [...]

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