Changes to the over 75 TV licence will come into effect from 1st August 2020.
If you are aged 75 or over and hold a free TV Licence which has expired or is due to expire on the 31st July 2020, you don’t need to do anything to stay licensed until we contact you.
We will write to all over 75 licence holders starting in August. This letter will let you know what action you’ll need to take for your next licence.
Free TV Licences, funded by the Government, for all over 75s will come to an end in July 2020. From 1 August 2020, there will be a new scheme.
Under the new scheme, anyone aged 75 or over receiving Pension Credit will be eligible to apply for a free TV Licence, paid for by the BBC. Pension Credit can be in the name of the licence holder, or in their partner’s name if they are a couple living at the same address.
If Pension Credit is not received – either in the licence holder’s name or their partner’s name if they are a couple – the TV Licence will need to be paid for.
Your next TV Licence
If you already have a free over 75 licence you will be covered until 31 July 2020. You don’t need to do anything just yet. We will be writing to all free over 75 licence holders from early August to let you know how you may be affected and what you will need to do next.
If you are receiving Pension Credit you can apply for your free licence now, but there is plenty of time so please don’t feel you need to apply straightaway if you are worried about leaving your home to post your application to us.
If you have already applied for your new licence and sent us information about your Pension Credit, we are processing your application and we will be in touch.