When does the licence fee change?

The cost of a TV Licence will change from 1 April 2017. A colour licence will cost £147, an increase of £1.50 on the current fee. A black and white licence will cost £49.50, an increase of 50p.

There will be no change to the free over 75 TV Licence.

If you are blind (severely sight impaired), you will still be able to apply for a 50% concession. This means a colour licence will cost £73.50, an increase of 75p.

The cost of Accommodation for Residential Care (ARC) concessionary licences won’t change. These licences are available to people living in certain types of residential care.

Will my payment plan change?

If you started a payment plan before 1 April 2017, you will continue to pay towards a licence fee of £145.50 until your licence is due to be renewed.

Why is this happening?

This is the first time the licence fee has increased since 1 April 2010. The Government is responsible for setting the level of the licence fee, and last year announced that it would rise in line with inflation for five years from 1 April 2017.

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