Over 75s encouraged to claim free TV licence

Anyone aged 75 or over is eligible for a free TV Licence for their main address.

TV Licensing and Independent Age are reminding any one in Leeds celebrating their 75th birthday in the next 12 months they will be entitled to claim a free TV Licence on this landmark birthday.

There are currently almost four million free TV Licences in force, including over 36,100 [1]  in Leeds and with over 4.9 million adults [2] over the age of 75 living in the UK, TV Licensing is encouraging those eligible for the concession to apply online at at www.tvlicensing.co.uk/over75 or by phone on 0300 790 6073.

The free licence will cover all the equipment in the property, meaning family or carers living in the same home will also benefit, even if they are watching on devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Anyone aged 74 or over can begin planning for the concession immediately by applying for a short-term licence which will last between one and 11 months.

Paul Williams, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said:  

If you’re approaching 75 or have already enjoyed your 75th birthday then it’s quick and easy to apply for your free TV Licence online at www.tvlicensing.co.uk/over75.  Or you can call the customer service centre on 0300 790 6073 and they will be able to help and advise on your TV Licensing needs.

“It’s also important to remember the free licence is not granted automatically so anybody who becomes eligible needs to make sure they apply by getting in touch with TV Licensing directly.”

Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, said:

The fact that nearly half of older people consider the TV to be their main form of company shows just how important television can be for them. Many older people may find it difficult to get out and about due to ill health or mobility problems so the entertainment, not to mention the information provided by the TV can be a real lifeline.

“We would encourage anyone aged 75 or over to apply for their free TV licence if they haven’t already done so. With many older people living on low incomes, the free TV licence is a valuable concession and the saving made could make a real difference to an older person.”  

1. Figures as of November 2013 and are accurate at the time of reporting, based on information from the Royal Mail’s Postcode Address File as of January 2012, supplied by Geoplan.

2. Office for National Statistics, UK National Population Projections 2012