Why are my payments big? I chose to pay smaller amounts weekly/monthly

When you choose to spread the cost of paying for your TV Licence, you usually pay part of it up front which means your payments will be higher in the first six months.

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Direct Debit customers

Under the regulations for our monthly Direct Debit scheme you usually pay for your first licence over six months or less in payments of around £24.50.

After this your regular monthly payments will continue as you save towards your next licence, spreading the cost in 12 monthly payments of around £12.25 – six before your next licence is due to begin and six after.

However, if you do want to switch to another payment scheme you can choose to:

Ask us about changing your current payment method.

Payment card customers

Under the regulations for our payment card scheme, you pay for your first licence over six months or less.

If you pay monthly

In the first six months your monthly payments will usually be around £24.50. After this your regular monthly payments will continue as you save towards your next licence, spreading the cost in 12 monthly payments of around £12.25 – six before your next licence is due to begin and six after.

If you pay weekly

In the first 26 weeks your payments will be around £6, depending on the status of your licence.

In week 27, once you’ve paid all 26 payments, you’ll start saving for your next TV licence in fortnightly payments.

However, if you do want to switch to another payment scheme you can choose to:

  • pay for your licence in full; or
  • pay in equal amounts by quarterly Direct Debit (we charge a £5 per year premium)

Find out about other ways to pay

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