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.

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

Important changes for people 75 or over from August 2020

After August 2020 anyone over 75 and not claiming pension credit will 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. 

Do I need to do anything now?

If you are over 75 and currently have a free licence you will be covered until 31 July 2020. You don't need to do anything now. TV Licensing will contact you before 31 July 2020 to let you know what you need to do.

Full information about how to claim a reduced TV Licence and the changes regarding free licences can be found 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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