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A LICENCE TO MAKE MONEY.

Byline: Newton EMERSON

ANOTHER year, another lecture from the TV Licensing Authority which has published its annual "League of Shame" (yes, that really is what they call it) listing the number of licence fee evaders prosecuted in every town across Northern Ireland.

"We do understand that there are some people who genuinely struggle to pay for the licence in one lump sum," says TV Licensing spokesperson Lynn Dunlop.

"For those on income-related state benefits we have a cash scheme which allows people to pay in weekly or fortnightly cash instalments."

How very generous. But this scheme offers no discount on the pounds 126.50 fee and still requires people to buy their first full licence over just six months.

Isn't anyone at the TV Licensing Authority ashamed about that?
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 3, 2006
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