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Nathan Soper firstname.lastname@example.org
08 June 2022
Dear Mr Soper Request for Information – RFI20220628
Thank you for your request to the BBC of 26th May 2022 under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (‘the Act’) seeking the following information:
“You haven't yet released your stats for number of TV license cancellations for the 2021-2022
year. Can you please release this information?”
Please note that “TV Licensing” is a trade mark used by companies contracted by the BBC to
administer the collection of television licence fees and enforcement of the television licensing
system. The majority of the administration of TV Licensing is contracted to Capita Business
Services Limited (‘Capita’). Over-the-counter services are provided by PayPoint plc (‘PayPoint’) in
the UK, and by the Post Office in the Isle of Man and Channel Islands. Target Group Limited
(‘Target’) is the supplier for the Simple Payment Plan. Marketing and printing services are
contracted to RAPP Limited (formerly Proximity London Limited). Media services are contracted
to Havas Media Limited. The BBC is a public authority in respect of its television licensing
functions and retains overal responsibility.
The information you have requested is collated following the end of each financial year and
published annual y on the TV Licensing website. The information is intended for publication in July-
August this year and therefore I am withholding this information under section 22(1)(a) of the Act;
which relates to information which is intended for future publication (specifically, that the
information is held with a view to its being published by the BBC at a future date).
I am satisfied in terms of section 2(2) of the Act that in al the circumstances of the case, the public
interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. I
have provided further explanation of my consideration of the public interest in the section ‘Why
information has been withheld’, below.
Why information has been withheld
I am required under section 2(2) of the Act to assess whether the public interest in maintaining
the exemption used above outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
In favour of disclosure, there is a general public interest in providing further information about the
BBC’s television licensing activities which affect a large percentage of the general public.
In addition, I consider that the fol owing factors are in favour of withholding the information:
That the publication of information by public authorities is a carefully planned and managed
That the release of information generated for internal reporting only would not provide an
accurate public understanding of television licensing before that information has been
reviewed and consolidated.
In this instance, the public interest is served by maintaining the BBC’s planning procedures. I am
therefore satisfied in terms of section 2 of the Act that in al the circumstances of the case, the
public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest (outlined above) in
disclosing the information. Appeal Rights
If you are not satisfied that we have complied with the Act in responding to your request, you
have the right to an internal review by a BBC senior manager or legal adviser. Please contact us at
the address above, explaining what you would like us to review and including your reference
number. A request for an internal review must be made within 40 working days of receiving the
BBC’s response to your original request.
If you are not satisfied with the internal review, you can appeal to the Information Commissioner.
The contact details are: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, Tel: 0303 123 1113 or see https://ico.org.uk/.
Rupinder Panesar Freedom of Information Advisor, TV Licensing Management Team