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TV licences – what you need to know

You are responsible for ensuring you are correctly licenced to watch or record live television programmes in your home, regardless of the equipment being used – TV set, smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC. 

Even if you don’t need a TV Licence because you do not own or watch television, you still need to inform TV Licensing so that they can update their details.  

Changes taking place in 2020 

Free TV Licences, funded by the Government, for all over 75s will come to an end in June 2020. This means that all over 75 licence holders under the current scheme will be issued a free over 75 licence for less than 12 months. 

From 1 June 2020, there will be a new scheme. Under the new scheme, anyone aged 75 or over who receives Pension Credit will still be eligible for a free TV Licence which the BBC will pay for. Households where there is no one aged 75 or over that receives Pension Credit will need to buy a licence if one is needed. 

Supported Housing (sheltered & extra care schemes)

There are currently different arrangements in place for TV licensing in our supported housing. Please speak to your Housing Support Officer to see if / how you will be affected by the changes in 2020.

People who do not have a correct, up-to-date TV License risk prosecution and a possible fine of up to £1,000. 

For further information about TV licenses, the changes taking place in 2020, or how to obtain a license visit TV Licensing

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