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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 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.

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.

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 you are receiving Pension Credit in your name – or in your partner’s name if you are a couple – 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 are not receiving Pension Credit in your name – or in your partner’s name if you are a couple – 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 or by calling 0800 99 1234. If you live in Northern Ireland, please visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/pension-credit or call 0808 100 6165.

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

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 they are receiving Pension Credit in their name – or in their partner’s name if they are a couple – 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 neither the licence holder nor their partner is receiving Pension Credit and they are unlikely to qualify for it, there’s nothing you need to do now. They will remain 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 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 receiving Pension Credit in your name, or in your partner’s name if you are a couple, you will still be eligible to apply for a free TV Licence.

From 1 June 2020, if you are 75 or over and not receiving Pension Credit either in your name – or in your partner’s name if you are a couple – 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 or by calling 0800 99 1234.

I’m 74 and my 75th birthday is BEFORE 1 June 2020. Can I still apply for a free over 75 TV Licence?

Yes, you can apply for a free over 75 TV Licence. You will get a short-term licence to cover you until your 75th birthday. You’ll then receive a free over 75 licence to cover you until 31 May 2020.

From 1 June 2020:

  • If you are 75 or over and receiving Pension Credit, you’ll be eligible to apply for a free TV Licence, paid for by the BBC. You need to be receiving Pension Credit in your name, or in your partner’s name if you are a couple.

  • If you are 75 or over and not receiving Pension Credit in your name – or in your partner’s name if you are a couple – you will need to pay for your next TV Licence.

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 or by calling 0800 99 1234.

I’m 74 and my 75th birthday is AFTER 31 May 2020. Can I still apply for a free over 75 TV Licence?

From 1 June 2020, if you are 75 or over and you receive Pension Credit, you will be eligible to apply for a free TV Licence. 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 turn 75 on or after 1 June 2020 and you receive Pension Credit, you can apply for a short-term licence to cover you until your 75th birthday. We will write to you in good time before your short-term licence expires, to explain how to apply for a free licence under the new policy.

If you turn 75 on or after 1 June 2020 and you don’t receive Pension Credit,we will not be able to issue you a free licence under the new policy. Therefore, we recommend that you continue paying for the licence you currently have, rather than apply for a short-term licence.

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 or by calling 0800 99 1234.

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