I have just cancelled the monthly TV licence direct debit because I don't believe that I should start paying for it until it's due.
I started paying for the 2009 - 2010 on 3rd April this year and paid the full amount within 6 month's.
This is what the TV licensing website says:-
In most cases you pay monthly instalments of around £24 per month for the first six months.
Then you start paying towards your next licence in the seventh month, with 12 monthly instalments of less than £12 per month.
All your future licences will then be paid in this way.
Therefore because I have cancelled the direct debit after the 6 month's have been paid I now don't need to make a payment until 1st April 2010.
Which means I have 6 month's free of TV licence direct debits.
I wonder how many people die and the TV licence has been paid 6 month's in advance, nice little money making scheme for them!