In the Media

A criminal waste of taxpayers' money

PUBLISHED August 21, 2013

Figures from the Ministry of Justice show, staggeringly, that nearly one in 10 prosecutions brought before the magistrates' courts in England and Wales last year was for non-payment of the TV licence fee. Around 180,000 people received a criminal record for this offence, which carries a maximum fine of £1,000. It appears to be the most common crime dealt with by JPs. This is madness - not least at a time when the Government is anxious to reduce court costs.