TV licences for people over 75

Vintage TV with antenna

From 1 August the free TV licence for people over 75 will only be available
for those who claim Pension Credit.

The BBC will be sending letters from August which will ask you to confirm arrangements to ‐

  • continue your free licence if you receive Pension Credit, or
  • pay for your licence for the period starting on 1 August 2020.


If you – or someone you know – could do with more money, as well as continuing to get the free TV licence, now is a good time to check if you are eligible and if so claim Pension Credit. You may be eligible, even if you own your home or have savings. People who receive Pension Credit can also get free dental treatment and
possibly help with Council Tax, housing costs and heating bills.

To check whether you are eligible for Pension Credit (and other benefits) you may wish to use Age UK England’s benefit calculator, click the button to be taken to their website:

You can apply for Pension Credit by phoning the Government’s claim line on 0800 99 1234 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 6pm) or online, click the button below to be taken to their website:

They will need to know some details about you to check whether you are eligible. Information you may need to hand includes:

  • Your National Insurance number
  • Information about your income, savings and investment
  • Your bank account details.

Alternatively you can claim:

  • by Textphone: 0800 169 0133
  • using Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone):18001 then 0800 99 1234 Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 6pm.
  • by post: call the number above and ask them to send you an application form or you can download a copy from the website, click thee button below:


If you would like more information about Pension Credit or have any
questions about this letter, please call the Age UK Advice Line on 0800
169 6565.

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