We seem to be experiencing high levels of calls regarding the changes that have been made to TV Licensing for the over 75. These changes now mean that anyone over the age 75 does have to pay for their TV License unless they are registered as severely sight impaired. However they are eligible for a discount if they are in receipt of pension credit.
To make a claim for a reduced rate or non-payment, you will need to sign the TV Licensing letter that you receive in the post and enclose a copy of the Pension Credit notice or the Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI) for severe sight impairment (SSI).
If you are registered as SSI you would have been issued with a CVI from an optometry consultant at an eye clinic.
If you do not have the required certification but feel that your eyesight may have deteriorated then you may wish to make an appointment with an optician.
There are various TV licence discounts available, you can claim:
• If you’re 75+ years old and receive Pension Credit you can claim a free TV licence. The free TV licence will cover you and anyone else you live with, no matter what age they are.
• If you’re blind or have a severe sight-impairment you can claim a 50% discount on your licence. If you live with someone else, the licence will need to be in the name of the person who is blind or sight-impaired to get the discount.
• If you’re living in a care home or sheltered housing, you can get an Accommodation for Residential Care (ARC) licence which costs £7.50. You will only need this if you watch TV in your own separate accommodation, not if you only watch TV in common areas such as a residents lounge.
We hope that helps 🙂