TV licence cost: More than 300,000 could qualify for discount – are you eligible?


Who is entitled to a free TV Licence?

People can get a free TV Licence if they, as the licence holder, are 75 years or older and they, or their partner living at the same address, receive Pension Credit.

Pension Credit is a benefit that tops up the state pension for those on a low income, however, it has the lowest take-up of all income-related benefits, according to the Independent Age charity.

So, it could be a good time for people to check if they’re also eligible for this, as it can also help people claim help with housing costs, heating bills, council tax, NHS dental care, and more.

People who are 75 or over and live in a residential care home may be covered by an ARC (Accommodation for Residential Care) TV Licence and won’t have to pay for a licence – even if they don’t receive Pension Credit.

TV Licencing advises people to speak to their care home administrator to find out.

When do people need a TV licence?

Households must purchase a TV licence if they want to watch or record TV programmes live as they’re broadcast.

This includes all programmes on any channel, from soaps to documentaries and movies. The same rules apply to those who watch live TV from a laptop, PC, tablet, or phone.

A licence is also needed if members of a household download or watch programmes broadcast on BBC iPlayer – live, catch up, or on demand.


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