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TV licence concessions

If you enjoy watching the television, then you need to make sure you have a valid TV licence.

You’ll need a valid TV licence to watch or record live TV programmes on any channel (including the BBC), or if you download or watch any BBC programmes using BBC iPlayer – whether that’s live on iPlayer, or watching downloaded content on a viewing device (such as a TV, computer, tablet or mobile phone). 

Can I claim a discount on my TV licence?

There are various TV licence discounts:

  • If you’re at least 75 years old and recieve Pension Credit you can claim a free TV licence. The free TV licence will cover you and anyone else you live with, no matter what age they are.
  • If you’re blind or have a severe sight-impairment, you can claim a 50% discount on your licence. If you live with someone else, the licence will need to be in the name of the person who is blind or sight-impaired to get the discount.
  • If you’re living in a care home or sheltered housing, you can get an Accommodation for Residential Care (ARC) licence which costs £7.50. You will only need this if you watch TV in your own separate accommodation, not if you only watch TV in common areas such as a residents lounge.

Note: Since 1 August 2020, free TV licences for all people aged 75 and over came to an end (now you must be claiming Pension Credit, as outlined above. If you are not currently claiming it, you could check whether you might be eligible on our Pension Credit page). If you already have an existing free TV licence, don't worry. You'll receive a letter about what to do next and until then you don't have to do anything, as you'll still be covered.

How do I claim my TV licence discount?

If you’re aged 75 or over and recieve Pension Credit, you need to apply for a free TV licence as it’s not given out automatically. For an application form you can call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6151.

If you’re blind or sight-impaired, contact TV Licensing. Once you’re registered, all your TV licence renewals will be at the concessionary rate. You’ll need to provide:

  • a photocopy of the certificate from your local authority ophthalmologist confirming that you’re blind or sight-impaired
  • your TV licence application form and fee.

If you’re living in a care home or sheltered housing, contact the warden, staff or managing authority where you live who will apply for an ARC licence for you. To qualify you must:

  • be retired and aged 60 or over or
  • disabled.

What if I've already paid for a full TV licence?

If you have already paid the full fee for a TV licence and you think you might be eligible for one of the discounts listed above, then contact TV Licensing who can help you apply for a refund.

Getting a refund

If you live in a care home or sheltered housing, ask the warden, staff or managing authority where you live to help you apply for a refund.

What should I do next?

Talk to TV Licensing

Visit the TV Licensing website for more information

For more information call Age Cymru Advice on 0300 303 44 98

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