Fife third-highest for TV fee dodgers
JUST two people in Fife have been found guilty in court of watching TV without a licence, new statistics show, and data revealed from Freedom of Information says only one other appeared in Justice of the Peace courts in the kingdom in 2013/14.
Meanwhile, a further 1,346 people were dealt with out of court, with Fife having the third-highest number of licence fee evaders in Scotland.
The data was collated by Caroline Levesque-Bartlett of Torquay, who has launched a petition in a bid to have the TV licence scrapped.
With the BBC charter up for renewal soon, she claims that the levy gives the broadcaster an unfair advantage over rivals and is a burden on those who do not wish to use its services.
“I started the petition three months ago as I think the whole licence fee is offensive,” she said.
“Everybody is asked to pay even if they just want to watch Freeview. The Government is aware of the petition and I’m hoping to raise further awareness of it.”