The TV licence fee is currently set at £159, and must be met by anyone who wishes to watch live television, on any channel, in the home. Over 75s previously enjoyed a free TV Licence, however, after a rule change in August 2020, this entitlement was no longer available. But due to COVID-19, the “transition period” to help over 75s get used to the new arrangement, was extended.
This, however, is set to come to an end a week today, and many Britons will need to take action on the matter.
A statement from the BBC outlined the changes which are set to take place.
It said: “We are enormously grateful for the high level of support that over-75s customers have shown for the licence fee.
“As we have now reached a situation where over-75s households are in line with the general population, the extended transition period we put in place due to COVID-19 will end on July 31, 2021.
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In total, there are 260,000 customers who have not yet made arrangements for the TV Licence.
As a result, the corporation will be writing to these individuals to offer advice on what to do next.
Pensioners will be informed about the transition period coming to an end in just a week’s time.
The letter will include important information including how to get set up with a payment for a TV Licence.
It states it will also include guidance on how to receive support on the TV Licence, should this be required.
Indeed, the TV Licence does not have to be paid in one go, and the cost can be spread through a payment plan.
It is hoped this kind of arrangement makes the TV Licence fee less of a financial burden all in one go.
No one will need to leave their home in order to set up a TV Licence arrangement whether free or paid.
Individuals will be able to sort this out via post, online, or through a dedicated phone line – which will be available until July 31.
But it may be the case that some pensioners will not have to pay for a TV Licence at all.
The new rules mean those over 75 and in receipt of Pension Credit will be eligible for a free TV Licence, with the cost covered by the BBC.
Pension Credit is a payment made available by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to help pensioners on a low income.
It provides Britons with extra money to help with their living costs, or housing costs such as ground rent or service charges.