Free TV licence for the over-75s

Free TV licence for the over-75s
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Almost half a million people across the UK could apply for a free TV Licence over the next 12 months as they celebrate their 75th birthday. As part of a month-long awareness campaign TV Licensing, supported by Age UK, is reminding anyone aged 75 or over they are eligible for a free TV Licence, saving £145.50 a year.
 
More than four million people across the UK are already enjoying the benefits of the concession, which applies to anyone 75 or over, regardless of income, or anyone living with someone aged 75 or over. Although the concession is free, it must be applied for in order for the address to be correctly licensed.
 
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK said: "Television is an important source of information and entertainment for many older people but for those on low incomes it can be a major expense. We would encourage people aged 75 and over to apply for their free licence so they don't lose out. It’s easy to do and TV licensing will renew it automatically for three years once you've applied, cutting down the paper work."
 
In addition, anyone aged between 74 and 75 can apply for a short-term licence. In this instance, the customer will only have to pay for a partial licence which will cover them until their 75th birthday.
 
Stephen Farmer for TV Licensing, said: "What's more, if you're not yet 74 or 75, but live with someone who is, their short-term or free licence will cover all the equipment in the property, meaning you could also benefit."
 
A free over 75 TV Licence only covers the main home address.  Anyone aged over 75 will need to buy a separate licence for any other properties.
 
It's easy to apply. You'll just need your National Insurance number, or another proof of age if you don't have one. If you're applying on behalf of someone else, make sure you have their details ready. To apply, call 0300 790 6154 or visit tvlicensing.co.uk/over75info.

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