Over 1.35 million now use Payment Card to spread TV Licence costs
20th November 2009
The Payment Card is a scheme open to everyone that allows the cost of the TV Licence fee to be spread into weekly or fortnightly payments by cash and debit card, though credit cards are also accepted.
TV Licensing's focus remains to help people pay, avoiding the risk of prosecution, a trip to court and a potentially a fine of up to £1,000. Customers on TV Licensing’s cash payment plan make small weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments towards the cost of their licence in cash or by debit or credit card, while the savings card allows people to save money towards their next licence. Under the changes, people on both schemes can now make payments by logging onto cashplans.tvlicensing.co.uk where they will also be able to view their account balance and payment history and request a call-back from a TV Licensing representative.
Those customers who would rather use their mobile phone can register to pay and also request balance and arrears information by text message. Transactions are quick and simple, making it more straightforward than ever for cash schemes customers to manage their payments. Payments can be made at over 22,000 PayPoint outlets.
The current costs are £142.50 for colour and £48.00 for a black and white TV Licence. What you might not know is that television licensing law still applies to you no matter what you use to watch TV. Whether it's a laptop, PC or any other device that receives television, you need to be covered by a TV Licence. It's the law. Beware If you live in self contained accommodation such as a separate flat or annex, you need your own TV Licence.
When you reach the age of 75, you may apply for a free over 75 TV Licence. You will be sent your licence every three years, provided TV Licensing have your NI number.
Joanna Pearce, TV Licensing spokesperson, said:
"TV Licensing’s database allows us to see exactly which properties are unlicensed, helping us to target evaders, but we also use technology to make it easier for people to pay for their licence.
"We would always prefer people to buy a licence rather than risk prosecution and a fine, which is why we offer a wide range of payment methods to suit people’s lifestyles and budgets. If anyone is having trouble paying for their licence, we would urge them to get in touch with us, either by calling 08457 289 289 or by visiting www.tvlicensing.co.uk."
Kevin Still, Director of EuroDebt, added:
“As a Debt Management Company we will look at the most effective way for our clients to budget for these type of household costs where there are legal implications of not having a TV Licence. Having a TV is universally accepted by all creditors. We do also have a number of elderly clients and ensuring they are not incurring unnecessary costs is a priority.”