TV licence: The four groups who don’t need to pay and how to get a refund

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A TV licence is compulsory in the UK for people who watch live TV, record programmes to watch later or use a streaming service such as BBC iplayer. The BBC licence fee will be frozen at £159 for the next two years but millions of people could actually get it for free.

Anyone who is 75 and over who receives pension credit does not need a licence.

Four groups who do not need to pay the full licence fee:

  • Britons who are 75 and over who receive pension credit
  • Someone who is blind or who is severely sight impaired
  • Care home residents
  • Britons who don’t watch live TV

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While over 75s who receive pension credit will get a TV licence for free, blind or sight impaired people get a 50 percent reduction.

Care home residents get a bigger reduction – they can watch TV from £7.50 for the entire year.

Everyone else will have to pay £159 for at least the next two years before it’s potentially axed in 2027.

The Government is currently looking at ways to fund the BBC without demanding a licence fee.

Meanwhile, it’s possible to get a refund for a TV licence if there has been a problem with the signal or if it’s no longer needed.

You can request a refund for your TV Licence if:

  • You won’t need your licence again before it expires, and you have at least one complete month left on it or
  • The licence expired less than two years ago

People who are eligible for an over 75 or blind concession can apply for a refund at any time.

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To apply, there’s an online refund form on the TV Licensing website.

People are advised to print off the form and sign it.

The form might also ask for supporting evidence or documents.

The address to send the completed form to is The Refund Centre, TV Licensing, Darlington DL98 1TL.

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