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How much does a TV Licence cost?

From 1 April 2021 a standard colour TV Licence costs £159. A black and white licence costs £53.50.

If you are blind (severely sight impaired), you can apply for a 50% concession, so your licence will cost £79.50.

There are other concessions and arrangements available, including for people living in certain types of residential care and for over 75s receiving Pension Credit. Find out about different TV Licence types and costs.
 

When does the licence fee change and why?

The licence fee normally changes on 1 April each year. The Government is responsible for setting the level of the licence fee, and in 2016 announced that it would rise in line with inflation every year for five years from 1 April 2017.

If you started a payment plan before 1 April 2021, you will continue to pay towards the previous fee of £157.50 until your licence is due to be renewed.

 

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