Belfast Telegraph

TV licence fee goes up to £147 in April

By Staff Reporter

The TV licence fee will increase for the first time since 2010.

The annual fee for BBC programming will increase to £147 from £145.50 on April 1 this year, the Government has said.

The announcement comes as the broadcaster's director general said TV licence collectors had "fallen short", following reports they were deliberately targeting vulnerable people who have not paid.

Enforcement officers at Capita receive bonuses for selling TV licences to evaders and according to the Daily Mail, these can be worth up to £15,000 a year.

The company is reportedly paid £58m a year to collect licence fees for the broadcaster and its staff were said to have targeted vulnerable people, including a war veteran with dementia and a young mother in a women's refuge.

In a letter to Capita's chief executive Andy Parker, the BBC's Director General, Tony Hall, expressed his "serious concern" about the reports.

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