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Information and Support on TV Licensing for the over 75s

Published on 05 July 2021 12:30 PM

In August 2020, there was a policy change to the TV Licence for those over 75 and free licences were no longer funded by the government from this date. However, anyone aged 75 or over and receiving Pension Credit is now eligible to apply for a free TV Licence.

Since then, more than 9 out of 10 of these households have now made arrangements for a free or paid licence or updated the BBC on changes in their circumstances.

The Beeb has said in a statement:

“We are enormously grateful for the high level of support that over 75s customers have shown for the licence fee. As we have now reached a situation where over 75s households are in line with the general population, in early July TV Licensing is writing to customers they are yet to hear from to explain the extended transition period we put in place due to Covid will end on 31 July 2021. The letter will include information about the simple steps to take to get set up and make clear that advice and support are on-hand should people need it.

Payment plans are still available to help spread the cost, and information about Pension Credit and how to check whether someone is eligible for a free licence is included on all of TV Licensing’s mailings.  No one needs to leave their home to get set up.  

Arrangements can be made via post, online or via a dedicated phone line on 0300 790 6151 (until 31 July).”

If you would be interested in applying for pension creditto enable an application for a free TV Licence, call our information and Advice officer Chiara on 01204 382411