HUNDREDS of TV licences were cancelled every day in the five months leading up to March this year, it has emerged.

The number of licences held across the UK dropped by 82,000 during those months, according to data The Times obtained via a freedom of information request.

The figures work out to about 550 TV licences being cancelled every day on average.

The drop comes as digital streaming continues to increase its presence – an Ofcom report from August found 47% of all households in the UK are signed up to services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Now TV and now Disney+.

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A BBC spokesman said 91% of the UK’s adult population continues to use the BBC each week and added its iPlayer service has recently attracted record audience.

But 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.”

The new figures come after the Tories said back in December that they are “looking at” scrapping the TV licence fee.

Boris Johnson said his party weren’t planning to get rid of all licence fees but admitted the system “bears reflection” – and questioned “how long” that system can be justified.

Meanwhile, decriminalisation of non-payment of the fee is also being considered by the UK Government.

The licence fee costs £154.50 a year and its existence is guaranteed until 2027. However, the level it is set at is due to be agreed in two years’ time.