South Bristol worst in city for avoiding TV licence

South Bristol has been named as the worst part of the city for TV Licence evasion – according to new data from TV Licensing.

Top areas are in the BS13 postcode – which includes Bedminster Down, Bishopsworth, Hartcliffe, Withywood and Headley Park – where 458 evaders were caught by TV Licensing in the last 12 months.

This is closely followed by the BS4 postcode which includes Knowle West, Knowle, Brislington, St Anne’s and Totterdown – with 374 evaders.

Together, these two areas account for a quarter of the 3,226 evaders caught by TV Licensing between October 2016 and September 2017 in the wider Bristol region with BS postcodes.

Other areas of high evasion in the city are Emersons Green, Fishponds, Southmead, Easton, Avonmouth and Hanham.

Some of the lowest areas are in BS30, which includes Longwell Green, Cadbury Heath, Oldland Common and Warmley with 58 evaders and BS31, which covers Keynsham and Saltford with 54 evaders.

10 worst areas for TV Licence evasion in the Bristol postcode area

Postcode Areas TV Licence evaders caught
BS13 Bedminster Down, Bishopsworth, Hartcliffe, Withywood, Headley Park 458
BS4 Brislington, Knowle, Knowle West, St Anne’s, part of Totterdown 374
BS16 Downend, Emersons Green, Fishponds, Frenchay, Pucklechurch, Staple Hill 281
BS10 Brentry, Henbury, Southmead part of Westbury on Trym 260
BS23 Uphill, Weston-super-Mare 240
BS5 Easton, St George, Redfield, Whitehall, Eastville, Speedwell, Greenbank, Barton Hill 196
BS11 Avonmouth, Shirehampton, Lawrence Weston 184
BS15 Hanham, Kingswood 129
BS7 Bishopston, Horfield, part of Filton, Lockleaze, Ashley Down 127
BS34 Part of Filton, Little Stoke, Patchway, Stoke Gifford 116

The data has just been released by TV Licencing to remind Bristolians to pay for their TV Licence.

But across the UK, evasion remains low, at around six per cent, meaning around 94 per cent of homes and businesses across the UK are correctly licensed.

A spokesperson from TV Licensing in the South West, Richard Chapman, said: “The vast majority of people who watch or record live TV pay for a TV Licence but a small minority of people try to avoid paying.

“In Bristol, we catch the most people evading in the south of the city. While we’d much rather people paid, those caught watching TV without a TV Licence can face prosecution and a fine of up to a £1,000.”

A TV Licence is required if you watch or record live TV on any channel. Since September 2016  a TV Licence has also been needed to be able to watch or download BBC programmes on iPlayer.

For people struggling to pay for a TV Licence, there are ways to spread the £147 cost weekly, monthly or quarterly.

Over 75s can get a free licence, while blind people or those living in care homes or sheltered accommodation can receive a concessionary rate.

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