TV Licence for over 75s

There has been a huge change in the way we watch TV but for many a TV Licence is still required. If you watch any live TV or record any live TV programmes or use BBC iPlayer – you will need a TV Licence.  The changes in TV Licensing took place in August 2020, where previously someone over 75 could apply for a free Licence, they now need to pay for it.

There are always some exceptions, however.  If you do not live in your own home, your sheltered accommodation or care home may have an Accommodation for Residential Care (ARC) licence which would entitle you to a reduced fee of £7.50 a year.  The TV Licensing website encourages you to speak to your warden or care home manager to find out if they hold this licence.

If you are over 75 you will need to pay for your licence, unless you or the person you live with receives Pension Credit.  Many pensioners are unaware of this benefit and don’t claim for it – if you live in the UK, are on a low income and over state pension age you can apply.

Pension Credit has been described as a ‘gateway benefit’ as it could lead to further support.  But don’t confuse it with your State Pension which it is separate from.

To check if you or your partner might be eligible, you can visit or call 0800 99 1234.  Age UK and Citizen’s Advice can also help.

Roswyn Bradshaw is a caseworker in the private client team at Barker Gotelee Solicitors in Suffolk.

For more information on our range of legal services including elderly client care, please call the team on 01473 611211 or email