TV Licensing won't mail 14m customers this year

Some 14 million households are part of a UK-wide initiative by TV Licensing to deliver better value for the Licence Fee payer, by reducing the number of paper TV Licences issued.

With the cost of the Licence Fee frozen until 2016, the amount people pay for a TV Licence has not changed since 2011.  TV Licensing has written to around 14 million Direct Debit customers letting them know they will no longer receive an annual paper licence as long as they automatically renew and pay on time.

These changes mean it’s important customers notify TV Licensing if they move house or change their personal details.

Stephen Farmer, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said:

We’re always looking to find savings in order to deliver better value for the Licence Fee payer.  By not issuing the annual paper licence to Direct Debit customers TV Licensing will have saved around £5m from the start of the initiative to Charter Renewal in 2016.  Those customers won’t require a paper licence until 2016 as we know their property is correctly licensed and their payment plans won’t change until then.

He added:

Without the yearly postal reminder there is a chance some customers may move house, or update their Direct Debit details and forget to let us know.  Keeping us updated of any change of details is easy and can be completed quickly and safely online or by phone.

Customers can check or update their personal details anytime by visiting or by calling TV Licensing on 0300 790 6112. Customers should update their personal details if they move house, turn 75 or change their bank details or surname so as to remain properly licensed.

The costs saved [through ink, paper and postage costs] by not issuing an annual paper licence to these customers is expected to total £3m over the next three years. The money saved will be used to off-set national rises in postage costs.


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