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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Cancelling Your TV Licence


Now that the dust has settled on the Scottish Independence Referendum result, we thought we'd take the opportunity to give some advice about how to cancel a TV licence.

Reading around it appears that many supporters of Yes Scotland are dissatisfied at what they perceive as the BBC's biased coverage of the whole referendum campaign. Last weekend thousands of "Yes" campaigners marched on BBC Scotland's HQ at Pacific Quay in Glasgow to voice their opposition. Thousands more have vowed to cancel their TV licence in protest.

Cancelling an annual TV licence
If you pay for your TV licence in full every year - be that by cheque/postal order, BACS or credit/debit card - then you should contact TV Licensing and tell them that you will no longer be receiving TV programmes on any sort of equipment and therefore your property will not require a TV licence. 

TV Licensing is a very suspicious organisation, so it will undoubtedly press you for information about your reasons for cancellation. The easiest option is to tell them that you are emigrating. If they ask for proof, as they arrogantly assume they can, then tell them you are moving to live with family overseas or joining the secretive French Foreign Legion.

You should be able to claim a refund on any unused calendar quarters of your TV licence coverage (read more about TV licence refunds).

Cancelling a TV licence paid by Direct Debit
If you pay for your TV licence by quarterly Direct Debit (read more about the TV Licensing quarterly Direct Debit scam) then you should contact TV Licensing and tell them that you will no longer be receiving TV programmes on any sort of equipment and therefore your property will not require a TV licence. 

As mentioned earlier, TV Licensing may attempt to find out your reasons for cancellation and it is easiest to tell them you are emigrating.

If you pay for your TV licence by monthly Direct Debit (read more about the TV Licensing monthly Direct Debit scam) then you should contact TV Licensing and tell them that you will no longer be receiving TV programmes on any sort of equipment and therefore your property will not require a TV licence. 

As mentioned earlier, TV Licensing may attempt to find out your reasons for cancellation and it is easiest to tell them you are emigrating. In the case of monthly Direct Debit you will be entitled to a refund, as payment for the first licence was made 6-months in advance. 

It is very important that you tell TV Licensing your reasons for cancelling any Direct Debit mandate before you actually do. If you cancel the Direct Debit at the bank/building society without telling TV Licensing beforehand, then they sometimes instigate debt-collection proceedings.

Cancelling a TV licence paid by payment card
If you pay for your TV licence by payment card then you should contact TV Licensing and tell them that you will no longer be receiving TV programmes on any sort of equipment and therefore your property will not require a TV licence. 

As mentioned earlier, TV Licensing may attempt to find out your reasons for stopping payment and it is easiest to tell them you are emigrating.

It is very important that you tell TV Licensing your reasons for stopping payment before you actually do. If you stop payment without telling TV Licensing beforehand, then they sometimes instigate debt-collection proceedings.

It is unlikely any refund will be due to anyone paying by this method.

Cancelling a TV licence paid by savings card
A TV Licensing savings card allows someone with a valid TV licence to save for their next licence.

If you have a savings card then you should contact TV Licensing and tell them that you will no longer be receiving TV programmes on any sort of equipment and therefore will not need to take up the renewed licence.

A refund will be due on any funds associated with your savings card account.

You may also wish to cancel your current TV licence, in which case you should follow the relevant advice given elsewhere in this article.

After Cancellation
Be aware that shortly after cancelling your TV licence, your property will start to receive TV Licensing's monthly threatogram letters. There is much more information about how to deal with TV Licensing threatograms elsewhere within our blog.

Remember that a TV licence is required for those properties where equipment is used to receive TV programmes at the same time as they are broadcast to other members of the general public. Anyone who cancels their TV licence would be committing an offence if they continued to receive TV programmes within their unlicensed property.

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4 comments:

steven O`man said...

heres a video #thebagpeople made to show you how to cancel (if you are due to a refund)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y9m7U7xt0Y
if you are direct debt just cancel the direct debit with your bank.
if you pay on a payment card just stop paying, dont bother telling tvl let them waste there time, remember every minute they spent attempting to make contact, is one minute they are not harassing someone else.
https:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y9m7U7xt0Y//www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y9m7U7xt0Y

steven O`man said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y9m7U7xt0Y

Fred Bear said...

It might be an useful to have a look at this exchange in the What Do They Know freedom of information site. Someone moving abroad was asked to provide proof of leaving their address before the BBC would refund them the remaining 6 months of their licence. https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/tv_license_fee_refund_latest_cus#incoming-511606

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