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TV licence prosecutions: FOI release

Published: 24 Feb 2020

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Published:
24 Feb 2020
TV licence prosecutions: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000015319
Date received: 7 Feb 2020
Date responded: 24 Feb 2020
Information requested

1) How many people in Scotland were prosecuted for not paying their TV licence in Scotland over the last 5 years?
2) Can I please have a break down per year and also per region?
3) How many people in Scotland were convicted for not paying their TV licence in Scotland over the last 5 years?
4) Can I please have a break down per year and also per region?

Response

The answer to your question is provided in the attached excel workbook.
In the UK the non-payment of the licence fee is a criminal offence. The television licence fee and whether or not evasion of it is a criminal offence is a matter reserved to the UK Government.
The prosecutorial function is, however, devolved and in Scotland the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has have placed a greater emphasis on alternatives to prosecution.
Further information on types of non-court disposals is available in the 'Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2017-18' publication which can be viewed via the undernoted link. If you do not have access to the internet then please let me know and we can provide a printed copy for you.
https://www.gov.scot/publications/criminal-proceedings-scotland-2017-18/

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