Mince pie, Christmas tree, TV licence? Manchester Santa grottos told to pay up or face fines

By Danielle Wainwright

With Christmas fast approaching and children already drafting up their wish lists, the busy elves at the TV Licencing are ensuring that even Santa’s grottos in Manchester are up to date with their payments.

Any businesses which show live TV including toy workshops and reindeer stables must have a licence or else risk of a hefty fine or prosecution.

Yet licensing laws state that any temporary business needing a TV Licence over the Christmas period can buy one in October and claim a refund worth more than £100 in the New Year – good news for Santa.  

Paul Williams, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said:  “We want people to stay on the right side of the law and enable people to enjoy a happy Christmas.  But any business in Manchester showing live television, whether for customers’ use or in staff areas, must be covered by a valid TV Licence.

“Those without a valid licence are breaking the law and run the risk of a court prosecution and fine of up to £1,000 per offence, plus costs. 

“Those found guilty are also required to buy a TV Licence at £145.50, or they could face a potential second prosecution.  So whether you’re managing a grotto, toy factory or reindeer stable, make sure you have a valid TV Licence.”

Many grottos or pop-up stores can easily use their tablet or wireless smart TVs to stream live television but some may be unaware that you still need a licence to do this.

For more information or to set up a TV licence click here.  

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