TV licence evaders in England and Wales are fined twice as much as those in Scotland or Northern Ireland.
A TV licence is required for any property where equipment is used to receive TV programmes at the same time as they are broadcast to other members of the public. A colour TV licence currently costs £145.50.
Katherine Rushton's updated piece in today's Daily Mail also reiterates the shocking statistic that men account for only one-in-three of those convicted of TV licence evasion across the UK. Women are far more likely to face prosecution, because they are more likely to answer the door to a TV Licensing employee making routine daytime enquiries.
The average fine imposed in relation to TV licence evasion in England and Wales is £170, which far exceeds the value of similar fines imposed in Scotland (£75 on average) and Northern Ireland (£80 on average).
As of April 2015 those convicted in England and Wales can also expect to pay an additional Criminal Courts Charge on top of any fine, prosecution costs and victim surcharge imposed by the Magistrates' Court.
The Criminal Courts Charge, which is not imposed by courts in Scotland or Northern Ireland, is a mandatory £150 for a defendant pleading guilty from the outset. That rises to an eye-watering £520 for a defendant pleading not guilty who is then convicted after summary trial.
Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen, an outspoken opponent of the TV licence fee, branded the penalties in England and Wales "disproportionate".
He added: "It would be nice to know what the explanation is for why, for the same crime, the fines should be so radically different.
"Evasion needs to be a civil office rather than a criminal one."
Caroline Levesque-Bartlett, a leading campaigner against the current system of enforcement, said: "The fact that the English end up paying more in fines than other parts of the UK is just the final straw.
"The costs imposed exceed the original cost of a licence, placing vulnerable people in a Catch-22 situation. Why can't we just scrap the whole coercive system?"
The BBC, in its statutory role of TV Licensing Authority, is entirely responsible the administration, collection and enforcement of the TV licence fee. It contracts a private company, Capita Business Services, to undertake the majority of this work.
Capita employs around 350 "enquiry officers", who are tasked with visiting the occupiers of unlicensed properties and persuading them, by fair means or foul, that they should buy a TV licence, even if they don't legally need one.