75 per cent of prosecutions brought by TV Licensing are against women

Leigh Day has secured £6,500 in compensation for a woman who claimed she was discriminated against by the BBC when she was prosecuted by TV Licensing for not paying her TV licence.

Statistics show that 75 per cent of prosecutions brought by TV Licensing are against women, though the government’s 2015 independent review of TV licence fee enforcement found “no basis to conclude that TV Licensing intentionally targets women, or that its practices are directly or indirectly discriminatory”.

During the pandemic, single mother Josiane struggled to pay household bills and was prosecuted for not paying her TV licence fee. She said the prosecution was “deeply stressful” and caused her “sl...

Suzanne Townley
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