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TV licence concessions

If you have a television in your home which you use to watch or record live programmes from any TV channel, or you download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer on any device, you must be covered by a TV licence or you may risk prosecution.

The current cost for a TV license can be found on the TV Licensing website where you can find information on how to pay.

Currently, if you are aged 75 or over, you are entitled to a free TV licence. When you turn 75, you will need to contact TV Licensing to let them know and they will convert your existing licence into an over-75s licence and make any refunds necessary. You will need to provide proof of age such as a National Insurance number, driver's licence, passport or birth certificate.

Even though you are no longer paying for your licence, you will still need to remember to renew it every year.

Find out more about free TV Licences for those aged 75 and over.

Free TV License plans from June 2020

Government funding for this scheme will come to an end by June 2020. This means that all over 75 licence holders under the current scheme will be issued a free licence for less than 12 months.

From 1 June 2020, there will be a new scheme under which:

  • anyone aged 75 or over who receives Pension Credit will still be eligible for a free TV Licence which the BBC will pay for.
  • households where there is no one aged 75 or over that receives Pension Credit - they will need to pay for a licence if one is needed.

If you already have a free over 75 licence you will be covered until 31 May 2020. You don’t need to do anything now.

TV Licensing will be writing to all free licence holders in good time before 31 May 2020 to let them know how they may be affected and what they will need to do.

More information can be found here

If you are blind or severely sight-impaired, you can claim a 50% discount on your TV licence. Your licence will also cover anyone who lives with you. To claim this discount, you will need to provide TV Licensing with a certificate which states that you are blind or severely sight-impaired, which you can obtain from your ophthalmologist.

Once you have provided this, you won't need to provide it again when you renew your licence.

If you have a digital box which only produces sounds and doesn't display TV programmes, you do not need a TV Licence.

Find out more about concessions for blind and severely sight-impaired people.

Other information and advice

Age UK provide additional information on Television Licence Concessions.