Latest figures show more than nine in 10 over-75s households have now made arrangements for a free or paid licence, or updated us on changes in their circumstances. This is in line with the broader UK population - the overwhelming majority pay the licence fee and enjoy the great programmes and services the BBC provides on TV, radio and online.
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 31 July 2021. And in line with general policy, anyone who watches or records live TV programmes on any channel, or downloads or watches BBC programmes on BBC iPlayer, must be covered by a valid TV licence.
We will shortly be writing to the remaining 260,000 customers who haven’t yet made arrangements.
We will confirm the extended transition period that we put in place due to COVID-19 will end on 31 July 2021. The letter will include information about the simple steps to take to get set up and make clear that advice and support are on hand should people need it.
Payment plans are available to help spread the cost.
Information about Pension Credit and how to check whether someone is eligible for a free licence is included on all of TV Licensing’s mailings.
No one needs to leave their home to get set up. Arrangements can be made via post, online, or via a dedicated phone line on 0300 790 6151 (until 31 July). https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/for-your-home/aged-74-and-over-aud3?wt.mc_id=75_age75