New figures suggest that thousands of people have cancelled their TV licences over the last five months.
The Times newspaper revealed that TV licences in the UK plummeted by 82,000 in the five months to March, with information obtained via the Freedom of Information Act.
This works out to be around 550 people per day are cancelling their licence as people are now using streaming platforms.
This sparks the debate over decriminalising non-payment, as figures from Ofcom show that households have signed up to streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Now TV, which stands at 13.3m, or 47% of all UK households.
However, a BBC spokesman told the newspaper that 91% of the adult population still use the BBC every week and its iPlayer platform had recently had record audiences.
On licence numbers, he added, “There will always be fluctuation and March’s figures will include the fact that some people have found it more difficult to pay during lockdown.”