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By Frank Hovis
A good news story for a change. Whilst of course cancelling doesn't necessarily equate to a permanent opt out, as is the case for the moe discerning DOSBODders like @JoeDavola, @Harley and, well modesty prevents, some of these will be that and that looks like the obvious reason for the upward trend - in a world of on-demand streaming who needs a licence?
So how many don't pay the television tax?
Well the figure quoted below is 25.8m licences.
Per the ONS there were 27.2m housholds in the UK in 2017 https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/families/bulletins/familiesandhouseholds/2017
The best estimate I can find for over 75 licence housholds, so currently free, is a fifth of licences. But I'm not linking to it as it was in the guardian. Say 5.2m.
So that adds up to:
27.2m households 1.4m without a licence - 5% 5.2m with a free licence - 19% 20.6m with a paid for licence - 76% And they're losing them from that 76%; nobody with a free licence is likely to just give it up.
It used to be that the ONS didn't even collect data on TV licence holding as so few didn't have them.
The charming threatening letters I get from the TV licensing people used to quote the number of households with licences but have ceased to do that as the number is falling.
5% withouta licence is significant and that figure is only going to go one way as the current crop of schoolkids rarerly watch TV.
By This Time
Looks like there'll be a leadership contest very soon, apparently 40 Tory MPs are willing to sign a letter of no confidence so only eight more are needed to force a vote.
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