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Calling all over 75s in London – Claim your free TV Licence now!

Age UK London is working with TV Licensing to urge anyone aged 75 or over living in London to get in touch with TV Licensing to claim their free TV Licence. Currently, there are more than 180,000 people in London who are claiming an Over 75 TV Licence – but with nearly 460,000 Londoners aged 75 and over, lots of people are potentially paying for a Licence when they don’t need to. Here’s all the information you need to get your free TV licence sorted…

When do I need a TV Licence?

You need a TV Licence to watch or record live TV on any channel, and on any device – this includes online on a tablet or phone. You also need a TV Licence if you watch or download BBC programmes on iPlayer.

How do I apply for my free, Over 75 Licence?

After your 75th birthday, you are entitled to a free TV Licence. It covers you as well as anyone you live with. However, although it is free, you won’t get it automatically. You do still need to apply.

Applying is easy and once you have done so, TV Licensing will renew it automatically annually for three years, cutting down on paperwork. It is also possible for those aged 74 to apply for a Short Term TV Licence, which will take them up to their 75th birthday.

You can apply via the following ways:

  • Visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/over75 and fill in a short form
  • Call 0300 790 6073 and speak directly to one of our advisors
  • Write to TV Licensing, Bristol, BS98 1TL, providing your name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number.

If you do not have your national insurance number, you can call 0300 790 6073to arrange to provide other proof of your date of birth.

If you are not the current Licence holder for your address and share your home with someone younger, you can still apply. Call TV Licensing as above and we will transfer your name onto the existing Licence.

After your 75th birthday, you are entitled to a free TV Licence!

Are there any other concessions available?

Yes, there are. TV Licensing also offers a 50% concession to those people who are registered blind or severely sight impaired. To apply for this concession, you simply need to:

  • Make a photocopy of a certificate from either your local council or an ophthalmologist which indicates that you are blind or severely sight impaired
  • Fill out and print an application form – one can be found at www.tvlicensing.co.uk/blind
  • Send the form, certificate and payment to Concessionary Licensing Centre, TV Licensing, Bristol BS98 1TL

If you have any questions about eligibility for the concession or how to apply, please call 0300 790 6073.

If you live with someone who is blind or severely sight impaired you can also benefit from the blind concession TV Licence by transferring your Licence to the name of the blind or severely sight impaired person. To do this, call 0300 790 6131 or visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk.

Paul Goulden, CEO at Age UK London, said:

“Television is a hugely important pastime for older people, acting both as a source of entertainment and as a topic of conversation with friends and family. We’d encourage any Londoner aged over 75 to make sure they apply for their free TV Licence, if they haven’t already done so! 44,000 older Londoners are currently identified as “chronically lonely”, which can mean going days at a time without any proper interaction with another human. Why not join a befriending programme with your local Age UK and share your favourite shows with an older person near you? You can find all the details here.

For more information about TV Licensing please visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk or call 0300 790 6073.

George Harvey

George is Age UK London's Communications and Campaigns Officer.

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