- 24 Feb 2020
Date received: 7 Feb 2020
Date responded: 24 Feb 2020
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?
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.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House