Customers won’t receive mail

Thousands of local people will be 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.

Over 13,600 households across Lisburn and over 1,800 households across Hillsborough are part of TV Licensing’s UK-wide initiative.

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 more than 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.

Mark Sterling, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said: “We’re always looking to increase efficiencies 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.”