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Do people over 75 need to pay for a TV Licence?

The rules on who needs to pay for a TV Licence have changed, meaning some pensioners are able to get a free one.

Those eligible will need to be over 75 and one of the following:

  • receiving Pension Credit

  • living at the same address as someone who is receiving Pension Credit

If you’re not currently claiming Pension Credit, it's worth checking if you’re able to. Around 40% of the 2.5 million people who qualify for Pension Credit are missing out on the payments they’re entitled to, according to Independent Age.1

How to claim a free TV Licence

TV Licensing will contact you by letter when it’s time to renew your TV Licence and explain your options.

If you’re currently covered by an over-75 TV Licence and you meet the new eligibility criteria, you can apply for your free TV Licence.

If you, or someone who lives at your address, are eligible for Pension Credit, but don’t currently claim it, you’ll have to set this up first.

See how to apply for:

For more details, you can check the TV Licensing website, or call 0800 232 1382.

Who else is eligible for a discounted TV Licence?

If you’re blind or severely vision impaired, you may be eligible for a 50% concession. This will cover anyone who lives with you.

Find out more about a blind concession TV Licence.

What if you’re already paying and you don’t need to?

If you're eligible for a free TV Licence but you’re currently paying for one, a refund will be considered as part of your application for the free TV Licence.

What happens if you’re not eligible for a free TV Licence?

If you’re not eligible for a free TV Licence, you’ll need to pay for it, if you plan to watch, record, download or stream live TV programmes on any device. This includes programmes on BBC iPlayer or ITV hub.

Check if you need a TV Licence and ways to pay.

What next?

See other ways you may be able to cut back on your spending.

Check if there are any other benefits you could be missing out on.

Answer some quick questions about your spending, saving and borrowing to generate your own financial fitness score.