Important - TV Licences for Over 75s
Published on 30 July 2020 05:58 PM
Important. If you are aged 75 or over and currently covered by a free TV licence expiring on 31 July 2020, you do not have to do anything to stay properly licensed until the BBC write to you. They will be sending letters from August.
The BBC has issued this general notice:
IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM THE BBC
ABOUT TV LICENCES FOR PEOPLE AGED 75 OR OVER
The key message is that if you are aged 75 or over and covered by a free TV licence expiring on 31 July 2020, you do not have to do anything to stay properly licensed until we write to you. We will be sending
letters from August. This General Notice applies in the UK only.
1. If you are aged 75 or over and have a free TV licence that expires on 31 July 2020, this Notice applies to your licence.
2. We will be sending letters from August which will ask you to confirm arrangements to—
- continue your free licence if you receive Pension Credit,3 or
- pay for your licence for the period starting on 1 August 2020.
3. We will also explain what you need to do if you no longer need a licence because you never watch or record live TV programmes on any channel or any device, and never download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer.
4. You do not have to do anything until we write to you. This Notice extends your TV licence so it will not expire until it is replaced by a new free or paid-for licence, or it is cancelled.
5. The other terms of your TV licence will remain as set out in the licence (as set out here for your convenience).
Anyone who is aged 75 or over and receives Pension Credit will be entitled to a free TV licence from 1 August 2020
6. If you have already applied for a free licence we are processing your application and you should receive your new free licence from the end of July. If you haven’t applied, you do not need to do anything now. Our letter will explain what you need to provide to get your free licence. In the
meantime, your existing licence is automatically extended by this General Notice.