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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 may be worth checking if you’re able to. In 2019, the charity Independent Age said 1.3 million people in the UK were missing out on Pension Credit payments they were entitled to.

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.

Find out more.

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 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.

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

If you meet the eligibility criteria for a free TV Licence and you’re currently paying, 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. 

Find out more about how much a TV Licence costs.

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 with our free calculator.

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