Thousands of Lincoln’s elderly take up free TV licence

Around 14,200 elderly residents in Lincoln are enjoying free television, as TV Licensing reminds those over 75 they are eligible for a free licence.

Over 75s in the UK can now get a free licence to watch TV on any device for their main address, and awareness of this is being raised as part of a campaign launched with Age UK.

Nationally, over four million people aged 75 or over are enjoying the discount, regardless of income, and more than 460,000 people will celebrate their 75th birthday in the next 12 months.

Anyone ages between 74 and 75 now can also apply for a short term licence, where the customer will only have to pay for a partial licence to cover them until their 75th birthday.

To get the free licence though, those liable must apply for the discount.

Age UK, Age Scotland, Age NI and Age Cymru shops are all advertising the concession in their shops, as well as on Age UK’s radio station The Wireless.

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK said: “Television is an important source of information and entertainment for many older people, but those on low incomes may struggle to pay.

“We would encourage people aged 75 and over to apply for their free TV Licence so they don’t lose out. It’s easy to do and TV Licensing will renew it automatically for three years once you’ve applied, cutting down the paper work.

“For more age-related information and expert advice people can get in touch with Age UK Advice by calling 0800 169 65 65. Lines are open from 8am to 7pm, seven days a week. “

Mark Whitehouse, East Anglia spokesperson for TV Licensing, added: “If you’re 74 then you can save money by applying for a short-term licence and if you’re 75 then you can claim a free TV Licence.

“It’s easy to arrange both types of licence which can be completed online in minutes, or by speaking to our dedicated over-75 contact centre team.

“What’s more, if you’re not yet 74 or 75, but live with someone who is, their short-term or free licence will cover all the equipment in the property, meaning you could also benefit.”

To apply, call the dedicated over 75 team on 0300 790 6154 or visit the TV Licensing website.