The Ultimate Guide to TV License Debt Collection

Paying for a TV licence can be a struggle. It seems like the sort of bill that you could skip and there will be no consequences. That would be where you are wrong!

In fact, skipping your television licence payments could leave you with a large £1,000 fine. I’m sure you don’t want that!

This Ultimate Guide to TV License debt collections will inform you of everything you will need to know and learn.

Did You Know You Can Write Off Up To 85% Of Your Debts?

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Why do I need a TV License?

If you’re a lover of watching programmes on channels such as BBC and ITV you need a TV license.

Watching programmes on these channels without a TV license is in actual fact, a criminal offense.

You may have noticed, even when trying to watch programmes on BBC Iplayer, you will be asked whether you have a TV License.

Who will chase me up if I don’t pay?

The most common debt collection company for TV Licenses is ‘Akinika’.

Akinika is a fully authorised debt collection company that was one of the founding members of the Credit Services Association.

This company will begin to send letters, emails or phone calls regarding repayment of the money you have neglected to give for your television license.

Thankfully, Akinika does not buy customer debts, therefore, the money they are wanting a repayment for will go to the TV licensing company directly.

If Akinika begins to contact you, you should not stress, just try to pay as quickly as possible to avoid any escalation in the problem.

What will happen if I don’t pay?

Avoiding paying for your TV license can lead you to have a fairly huge fine. £1,000 in fact!

If you miss your payments and have been issued the £1,000 fine, you will have all the money added together to be paid for your debt.

What if I can’t afford to pay?

If you cannot afford to pay for your television license, contacting the tv license company is the smartest thing to do.

Contacting the television license company will help you as they can help you to make a repayment. If you just avoid them and stop paying all together- that is when things start to get difficult!

In another case, if you can not afford your debt it can be a very scary experience. However, contacting a debt charity can take away a lot of anxiety. Debt charities can advise you on what to do for your situation.

Debt Charities you can contact:

  • Step Change
  • National Debtline
  • Business Debtline
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Debt Support Trust Management
  • The debt advice Foundation
  • Christians Against Poverty

List of Debt Collection Agencies UK

Here is a list of all the debt collectors in the UK.