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TV Licensing Scotland encourage businesses in West Lothian to prepare for the New Year by ensuring they are correctly licensed.

Wed, 2016-12-21 14:15

The start of a new year is often a good time for business owners to go through all internal housekeeping and make sure everything is in order. 

Following a law change in September 2016, business premises must be covered by a TV Licence if employees watch or download programmes using BBC iPlayer. This is in addition to the existing law which states a licence will still be needed for staff to watch or record live TV on equipment supplied by the business. Without a valid licence, businesses are breaking the law, and run the risk of a court prosecution and fine of up to £1,000.

“Our enquiry officers do visit unlicensed addresses throughout the year, which extends to business premises, so it’s important that business owners are aware of the requirements.  We’re hoping anyone who wasn’t already aware of the recent change in law or who hasn’t yet had a chance to get a licence in place will take this opportunity to do so.”

“It’s especially important given the recent law change. Some businesses might not necessarily have a television, but will have some kind of computer or mobile devices which employees use to access BBC iPlayer.  So they could unintentionally be breaking the law.”

Business owners or office managers who would like more information about TV Licensing requirements, or ways to spread the cost, can call the TV Licensing businesses team on 0300 790 6131 or visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/businessinfo