Can I get a free TV licence?

If you are registered blind (severely sight impaired), you can get a 50 per cent reduction (called a blind concession) on the cost of your TV Licence. Your licence will also cover anyone who lives with you, but the licence must be in your name. Information on how to apply for the reduction can be found on the official TV licencing website.

Unfortunately you cannot claim this 50 per cent reduction if you are registered partially sighted (sight impaired).

Important change for people 75 - 1 August 2020

As of the 1 August 2020, if you are over 75 and not claiming pension credit, you have to pay the full licence fee.

However, if you are registered blind (severely sight impaired), you can apply for the previously mentioned 50 per cent reduction. 

If you are affected by the changes you don't need to take any action until you receive a letter from TV Licencing, which will detail what you need to do. You can also find full information about how to claim a reduced TV licence, if you claim pension credit and the changes regarding free licences on the official TV licensing website. 

Remember you also need a TV license if you use BBC iPlayer to watch programmes on demand through your computer, smartphone or tablet, even if you don't watch any live TV.

If you would like further information contact TV Licensing:

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