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Can I get a free over 75 TV Licence if I live in the Isle of Man, the Bailiwick of Jersey or the Bailiwick of Guernsey?

New arrangements are in place from 1 January 2021 for the provision of TV Licences for over 75s on the Isle of Man, the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey. See the sections below for more details.


Isle of Man

In the Isle of Man, the BBC now pays for free TV Licences for those residents who are over 75 and receive Income Support. The Isle of Man Government has also agreed (for 2021) to fund TV Licences for those who are aged 75 and over who don’t receive Income Support.

If you receive Income Support for pensioners call the Isle of Man Income Support for Pensioners Team on 01624 687020 or email ISP@gov.im

If you don’t receive Income Support for pensioners call the Isle of Man State Retirement Pension Team on 01624 685176 or email statepensions@gov.im

Pensioners who are aged 75 and over who have not previously received a free TV licence from the BBC but who now wish to do so should contact the relevant team as stated above.

For any TV Licensing specific queries, please call 0300 790 6117*.

Jersey

In Jersey, the BBC now pays for free TV Licences for those residents who are over 75 and who would be eligible under the means-tested TV Licence benefit scheme introduced by the Jersey Government in 2006. Existing customers don’t need to take any action.

Customer and Local Services (CLS) will contact TV Licensing and let them know who is eligible for a free licence. New customers should apply to Customer and Local Services via the online form on www.gov.je

More details on this benefit are available from Customer and Local Services (CLS). Tel: 01534 444444.

Over 75 TV Licence information on www.gov.je (opens in a new window)

Bailiwick of Guernsey (Guernsey, Alderney and Sark)

In Guernsey and Alderney the BBC now pays for free TV Licences for those residents who are over 75 and in receipt of Income Support. Guernsey Employment & Social Security will let TV Licensing know who is eligible.

If you wish to apply for Income Support, please call Employment & Social Security in Guernsey on 01481 732 508 or email incomesupport@gov.gg. If you're between pension age and 75 and getting income support you may be eligible to claim the full cost of your TV Licence by contacting Employment & Social Security.

If you don’t meet these conditions, and you need a TV Licence, you’ll need to buy one from 1 January 2021. The BBC will write to you if you previously held a free licence but are not eligible from 1 January 2021. Don’t worry though, you don’t need to do anything now. You will remain covered until we contact you in February 2021.

In Sark the BBC pays for free TV Licences for those residents who are over 75 and are receiving financial assistance from the Procureur of Sark. The Procureur will let TV Licensing know who is eligible.

Find out more about the outcome of the BBC consultation into the provision of TV Licences for older people.

*Calls to our 0300 numbers cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number, whether from a mobile or landline. If you get inclusive minutes, calls to an 0300 number will be included free of charge.

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