DWP: how people with pension credit can claim their free TV license

Pensioners can save hundreds of pounds by claiming their free TV license under a DWP scheme. Recipients of pension credit may be eligible for a free license, which currently costs £159 per year for the color TV license.

Pension Credit is a benefit paid by the Department for Work and Pensions to low-income retirees. The benefit provides people of statutory retirement age with additional income each week.

It also opens the door to various other benefits retirees can obtain as a result of applying for a pension credit. A free TV license is one of these main additional benefits.

Pension Credit claimants aged 75 or over are eligible for a free TV licence. People who live with a pension credit applicant can also get a free license.

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The license will cover everyone at one address. Brits don’t have to wait until they are 75 to apply, they can apply at 74.

They will still have to pay for their license until they turn 75, but applying early could avoid any delays in getting a free license. Free license applications can be made online through the TV Licensing website. Alternatively, inquiries can be made over the phone by calling 0300 790 6071.

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Pension Credit Eligibility

Anyone wishing to apply for a pension credit, as a way to get a free TV license or otherwise, will have their income assessed to determine if they are eligible and, if so, how much they could get.

Depending on the level of support someone is entitled to, they could potentially increase their weekly income to as much as £177.10 if single or £270.30 if in a relationship. Brits can also apply by phone on 0800 99 1234.

Postal requests are also accepted. Anyone wishing to apply by post can do so by sending a completed application form to the Pensions Service. Claims can be backdated three months, meaning a person can get up to three months of pension credit with their first payment.

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