All households in the UK that watch live TV must own a licence. An annual fee of £159, this outgoing can add significant pressure to an individual’s monthly budget, depending on how they choose to pay it. However, some Britons are entitled to a 50 percent discount – and some can even get one for free.
While living costs remain on the incline, households across the UK have been feeling the financial pinch.
As many search for ways to cut costs, Britons are being urged to check if they’re entitled to any additional support, and an area people often forget about is the TV licence.
For many, renewing the TV licence is commonplace, however, there are certain conditions that could entitle someone to a reduced fee.
If requirements are met, people are able to get discounts ranging from 50 percent to 100 percent, which can help make a significant saving.
Who is entitled to a 50 percent discount?
If a person is blind (severely sight impaired) or lives with someone who is blind, they could be entitled to a blind concession TV licence.
This would bring the annual fee down from £159 to £79.50 for a colour TV licence and £26.75 for a black and white TV licence.
In order to nab the concession licence, people must provide at least one of the following documents to confirm they are certified as blind:
- A CVI (Certificate of Visual Impairment)
- A BD8 Certificate
- A certificate or document issued by a Local Authority that shows they are registered as blind (severely sight impaired)
- A copy of a certificate from an Ophthalmologist (eye surgeon), stating that they are blind (severely sight impaired).
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Once provided, they won’t need to provide this information again when they renew their TV licence.
For those who live with someone who is blind and already has a TV licence, they’ll have to transfer the licence into the name of the person who is blind, in order to claim.
According to the website, people can do this by making a first-time blind application but entering the existing TV licence number for the address into the form.
However, it must be noted that those who are partially sight impaired will not qualify for the 50 percent blind concession.
How to know if a TV Licence is needed
Households need a TV licence if they want to watch or record TV programmes live as they’re broadcast, or watch BBC iPlayer.
This includes all programmes on any channel, from soaps and series’, to documentaries and movies. The same rules apply even if said programmes are being broadcast live on a PC, laptop, tablet or phone, rather than a TV.
A licence is required if households download or watch programmes broadcast on BBC iPlayer – live, catch up, or on demand.
So, if someone finds themselves only watching catch-up TV (not including BBC iPlayer), they won’t need a TV licence – as long as they’re not using TV services to watch anything live.
Households also don’t need a TV licence to watch streaming services like Netflix or Disney+.