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Our Community Advice Team Update for our clients, which this month features information about TV Licences

Free TV licences will only be available for over-75s who receive pension credit from June 2020.

At the moment, all over-75s can apply for a free TV licence to cover their household – but from 1st June 2020, only over-75s who receive the income-related benefit will be eligible.

About 1.5 million over-75s will be able to claim for the free licence, but up to 3.7 million who previously would have been eligible for a free licence may have to pay.

If you currently have a free over-75 licence, you'll be contacted over the next few weeks with details on what you'll need to do from June.

Those who will still qualify for a free TV licence will need to use a "self-verification system" to prove they receive pension credit.

Those who will be over 75 but don't receive pension credit will be covered by their current free licence until 31 May 2020. After this, they'll need to pay, unless they claim pension credit.

The BBC says it will set up a new payment plan to help over-75s pay for their TV licences after the new rules come in, which will include options to spread the cost as well as telephone support.

If you're not eligible for a free TV licence, you may still be able to get a discount if you meet certain criteria (regardless of your age):

If you're blind or severely sight impaired or live with someone who is, you'll get 50% off the cost of your TV licence – you'll pay £77.25 for a colour set or £26 for a black and white one.

To claim, you'll need to send TV Licensing a photocopy of a certificate from your ophthalmologist, or a certificate issued by or on behalf of your local authority. Check the TV Licensing website for full details on how to apply.

The TV Licensing website also has information about this.

If you need assistance to apply for your discounted or free TV license or are unsure if you meet the criteria for pension credit please contact 0114 272 2757 where one of our Community Advice Officers will be able to assist you.

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