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Important information about over 75 TV Licences

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Free TV Licences, funded by the Government, for all over 75s will come to an end in June 2020. This means that all over 75 licence holders under the current scheme will be issued a free over 75 licence for less than 12 months.

From 1 June 2020, there will be a new scheme. Under the new scheme, anyone aged 75 or over who receives Pension Credit will still be eligible for a free TV Licence which the BBC will pay for. Households where there is no one aged 75 or over that receives Pension Credit will need to buy a licence if one is needed.

If you already have a free over 75 licence you will be covered until 31 May 2020. You don’t need to do anything now.

We’ll be writing to all free over 75 licence holders in good time before 31 May 2020 to let them know how they may be affected and what they will need to do.

To find out why the BBC is making this change, please visit bbc.co.uk/age

We will update this page when further information becomes available.

Any other questions?

I currently have a free over 75 TV Licence and receive Pension Credit. What do I need to do?

There’s nothing you need to do now. If you already have a free over 75 licence and receive Pension Credit, you will continue to be eligible for a free licence.

We will write to you in good time before your licence expires, to let you know how you can apply for your new free licence. You don’t need to take any action, or contact us, in the meantime.

I currently have a free over 75 TV Licence but I don’t receive Pension Credit. What do I need to do?

If you do not receive Pension Credit and are unlikely to qualify for it, there’s nothing you need to do now. You will stay licensed until 31 May 2020. We’ll write to you in good time before then, to explain how you can pay for your next licence. You don’t need to take any action, or contact us, in the meantime.

If you think you may be eligible to receive Pension Credit, and therefore qualify for a free over 75 licence after 1 June 2020, you can find out more at: www.gov.uk/pension-credit/eligibility or by calling 0800 99 1234.

I currently have a free over 75 TV Licence. I don’t receive Pension Credit but I live with someone who does and is aged 75 or over.

You don’t need to do anything yet. We will write to you in good time before 31 May 2020. At this point, you will be able to transfer the licence to the name of the person in the household who receives Pension Credit, and apply for a free TV Licence.

I live in the Channel Islands/Isle of Man – will any change to free over 75 TV Licences affect me?

Next year arrangements for free TV Licences are changing in the United Kingdom. From 1 June 2020, in the UK, only households with a resident aged 75 or over who receives Pension Credit (a State benefit for pensioners with low incomes) will qualify for a free TV Licence, which the BBC will pay for.

In the coming months the BBC will be discussing arrangements for TV Licences for older people in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man with each respective Government.

No decisions have been made yet and TV Licensing will contact customers in good time if any changes are planned.

I deal with the TV Licence on behalf of someone who is over 75 – what do I need to do?

There’s nothing you need to do now. If the licence holder already has a free over 75 licence and receives Pension Credit, they will continue to be eligible for a free licence. Please do not send us anything at this stage. We will write to customers in good time before their licence expires, to let them know how they can apply for their new free licence. You don’t need to take any action in the meantime.

If the licence holder does not receive Pension Credit and is unlikely to qualify for it, there’s nothing you need to do now. They will stay licensed until 31 May 2020. We’ll write to them in good time before then, to explain how they can pay for their next licence. You don’t need to contact us in the meantime.

If you think they may be eligible for Pension Credit but they currently don’t receive it, you can find out more at: www.gov.uk/pension-credit/eligibility or by calling 0800 99 1234.

If you would like correspondence to be sent to a different address, please let us know.

I’m 75, can I still apply for a free over 75 TV Licence?

Yes. If you’re aged 75 or older, you can still apply for a free over 75 TV Licence. The licence will last until 31 May 2020. We will write to you in good time before then, to explain what you will need to do.

From 1 June 2020, if you are 75 or over and you receive Pension Credit you will still be eligible to apply for a free TV Licence.

From 1 June 2020, if you are 75 or over and you don’t receive Pension Credit you will need to buy a licence if you need one.

If you think you may be eligible for Pension Credit but you currently don’t receive it, you can find out more at: www.gov.uk/pension-credit/eligibility or by calling 0800 99 1234.

I’m 74, can I still apply for a free over 75 TV Licence?

Yes, you can apply for a free over 75 TV Licence and you will get a short term licence to cover you until your 75th birthday.

  • If your birthday is before 1 June 2020, you’ll then receive a free over 75 licence to cover you until 31 May 2020.

  • If you turn 75 on or after 1 June 2020, receiving a free TV Licence when your short term licence ends will depend on whether you are eligible under the new scheme (see below).

We will write to you in good time before your free over 75 TV Licence expires to explain what you will need to do.

From 1 June 2020, if you are 75 or over and you receive Pension Credit you will still be eligible to apply for a free TV Licence.

From 1 June 2020, if you are 75 or over and you don’t receive Pension Credit you will need to buy a licence if you need one.

If you think you may be eligible for Pension Credit but you currently don’t receive it, you can find out more at: www.gov.uk/pension-credit/eligibility or by calling 0800 99 1234.

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