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TV licence concessions

You need a valid TV licence to watch or record live TV programmes on any channel (including the BBC), or if you download or watch any BBC programmes using BBC iPlayer – whether that's live on iPlayer, or watching downloaded content on a viewing device (such as a TV, computer, tablet or mobile phone).

The current cost for a TV license can be found on the TV Licensing website where you can find information on how to pay.

If you're 75 or older and you, or your partner,

  • claim Pension Credit, you can get a free TV licence.
  • do not claim Pension Credit, then you would need to purchase a TV licence, if one is needed

More information can be found here

If you are blind or severely sight-impaired, you can claim a discount on your TV licence. Your licence will also cover anyone who lives with you. To claim this discount, you will need to provide TV Licensing with a certificate which states that you are blind or severely sight-impaired, which you can obtain from your ophthalmologist.

Once you have provided this, you won't need to provide it again when you renew your licence.

If you have a digital box which only produces sounds and doesn't display TV programmes, you do not need a TV Licence.

Find out more about concessions for blind and severely sight-impaired people.

Other information and advice

Last updated: 21/07/2021