How pension credit claimants can get a free TV license

Pension Credit claimants can claim a free TV license worth £159 a year – a significant saving amid rising household bills. A Statista survey found that 93% of people aged 56 and over in the UK watch ‘linear’ TV every week.

This means they watch programs at their scheduled time rather than through on-demand and catch-up services. That makes TV licenses particularly important for older generations, but the £159 annual charge can be a burden on less well-off pensioners.

Am I entitled to a free TV license?

TV licenses are no longer free for everyone aged 75 and over after a change announced in August 2020. However, if you are over 75 and have a pension credit, you can apply for a license Free TV.

A TV license covers a household, so if you live with other people, you don’t all need your own license. The pension credit is a benefit for people over the statutory retirement age and supplements a person’s income if they are struggling to make ends meet.

Pensioners are no longer automatically entitled to a free TV license

How to get a free TV license?

Those over 75 who apply for a pension credit must apply for a free television license, as they are not granted automatically. You can only apply for a free TV license by post and to order the necessary form you can call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6117.

Eligible persons who are blind or partially sighted should contact TV Licensing at the same number to receive a 50% discounted rate. For those living in a nursing home or social housing, they should contact the staff where they live and they will apply for a Residential Care Accommodation License (ARC) on your behalf. ARC licenses cost £7.50 per year if a person is under 75.

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