TV license: Benefit applicants eligible for the free TV license – how to apply | Personal Finances | Finance


Households comprising a person aged over 75 and benefiting from a pension credit will be able to claim the “free” benefit. The pension credit is an additional benefit that helps low-income people who receive a state pension. Unlike other discounts or reductions in the TV license, the free TV license for pensioners is not taken into account automatically.

As the country’s public broadcaster, the BBC is responsible for managing the administration of the collection of television license fees.

Currently, if a person were to pay the full price of the license fee, it would cost £ 159 for a color license and £ 53.50 for a black and white license.

Anyone over the age of 74 claiming a pension credit, or if their partner is in receipt of it, are encouraged to apply for a free license as soon as possible.


Applicants who believe they are eligible but do not currently have a TV license can call 0300 790 6117 to begin the application process.

By calling this number, those receiving annuity credit will be able to speak to an advisor who will be able to provide an application form.

This specific helpline is open to anyone needing help between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Once an application for a television license has been received by the BBC, it usually takes a few weeks to complete the processing.

If an issue arises during the application process, applicants may receive a phone call or letter advising them of the changed circumstances.

Different arrangements for television licenses are in place for people who live on the Isle of Man, the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey and are over 75 years of age.

People who believe they qualify for the pension credit can apply on the government website.

The benefit is an income-related benefit made up of two distinct elements: the Guarantee Credit and the Savings Credit.

Guarantee credit is a supplement to a person’s weekly income if it is below a certain level. People may still be eligible even if they have savings, a pension, or their own assets.

The savings credit is an additional benefit payment for applicants who have saved money for retirement, for example under a retirement plan.

Other discounts for television licenses are available for Brits, such as the 50% reduction in fees for people registered as legally blind.

All pension credit applicants over the age of 75 should contact the government about any other “free” benefits to which they may be entitled.


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