Warning to salon managers

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SALON managers who attempt to cut corners when styling hair by not buying a TV licence could be risking having a ‘brush’ with the law.

TV Licensing is urging managers in Portsmouth to ensure their businesses are licensed.

Salons need a licence if they provide a TV or tablet for customers or staff to watch live TV programmes or BBC programmes on iPlayer. If the salon does not have a licence then the business risks prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

In 2016, 10 salons across the UK were prosecuted for licence fee evasion, and in the last financial year, TV Licensing enquiry officers visited more than 36,000 unlicensed businesses, including hair salons and barbers’ shops.

Ben Craig, TV Licensing spokesman, said: ‘Cutting corners, rather than hair, could land the owner in court and facing a fine of up to £1,000.’