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Free TV licences for people 75 or over

Who is eligible for a free television licence 

You are likely to qualify for a free TV licence if:

  • you’re 75 or over
  • your income is below:
  • £16,070 for a single person or 
  • £26,170 for a couple 
  • you live in a house or a flat 

If you’re under 75 but permanently live with someone who qualifies, you can claim a free TV licence on their behalf. 

2020 Television Licences

If you've received a Television Licence with an expiry date of 31 May 2020, your TV licence will be renewed and paid for by Customer and Local Services (CLS) up until December 2020.

After this date, regardless of any changes the BBC makes to the UK scheme, Jersey’s existing over 75’s TV Licence Benefit Scheme will continue and you will still be able to receive the benefit if you are entitled to it.

What happens next?

Your current TV Licence will expire on 31 May 2020.

CLS will renew your TV Licence, effective from 1 June 2020 until December 2020

You will automatically receive your licence in the post. Your TV Licence is fully covered from 1 June 2020, even if you do not receive the licence in the post by this date.
CLS will cover the cost of renewing the licence.

CLS will be paying the BBC directly on behalf of all those eligible for the Scheme from June 2020.

What you need to do:

  • If CLS currently pays the BBC directly for your TV Licence, no action is needed from you on this matter
  • If you currently have a direct debit set up to pay for your TV Licence after 31 May 2020, please cancel it
  • If the funds for your TV Licence renewal after 31 May 2020 have already left your account, you must contact the BBC directly for a refund on +44 (0)300 790 6087
  • If you receive a payment reminder from the BBC in the post, do not pay it as CLS will do this for you automatically

When to apply

You can apply when your TV licence comes up for renewal, after your 75th birthday.

Part payments are not possible under the scheme. This means if you turn 75 six months before your licence is up for renewal, we can’t cover these six months. We can only cover you from when your licence is up for renewal. 

How to apply

Complete the application form below to apply for a free TV licence.

Free TV licence for people over 75

If this is your first time applying for a rebate, or if you wish to claim a refund for a licence you have paid for, you need to send us one of the following:

  • your ‘notice of renewal’ for a TV licence
  • your actual TV licence
  • your stamped receipt confirming that the fee has been paid 

You can either:

  • upload these items when you complete the above form
  • bring them into Customer and Local Services
  • send them to us in the post

If you don't receive an old age pension, we may ask to see your birth certificate. We can only accept original certificates or certified copies, confirming an approved authority has seen the original document.

If you can't complete the form yourself, you can ask somebody to complete it for you, contact us to help, or pop into the department.

How your TV licence is paid

We can pay your television licence in the following ways:

  • if you've already paid the licence, we can pay you directly into your bank account
  • if you haven't yet paid your licence, we can pay the BBC directly (they will send your renewed or new licence to you)

If you've purchased TV licence savings stamps

If you've already saved up to cover future costs of your licence on a television licence savings stamp card, you should:

  • write to the TV Licensing Authority to ask for a refund
  • send your card by special delivery to the TV Licensing Authority and they will send you payment worth the same amount as the stamps you have collected

You can't exchange your stamped card for cash at a local post office branch.

TV Licensing Authority address

TV Licensing
Darlington
DL98 1TL

Appealing a decision

If your application for a free television licence has been rejected and you want to appeal, contact us and we’ll advise you on the appeal process. 

Email Customer and Local Services

Call us on +44 (0) 1534 444444. 

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