Full list of groups eligible for 50% to 100% off their TV licence

Britons are able to claim up to 100 percent off their TV licences if their circumstances qualify them for a discount.

TV licence discounts range from 50 percent to 100 percent and many more people may be eligible to claim without even realising.

The TV licence, which is priced at £159 a year, must be purchased by any household in the UK that watches live TV and for many, renewing it is commonplace.

But people are being urged to check if they could be part of the groups eligible to make a saving. People included are those who are severely blind, people aged over 75 years old that receive Pension Credit, and those residing in care homes.

The amount of discount a person receives depends on which group the person falls into, and here is the full run down.

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50 percent discount

People who are blind (severely sight impaired), or live with someone who is blind, could be entitled to a blind concession TV licence.

This would reduce the annual fee from £159 to £79.50 for a colour TV licence and £26.75 for a black and white TV licence.

According to the Royal National Institute of Blind People charity, there are 340,000 people currently registered as blind in the UK, making it crucial to ensure that such a large group know about the sizeable discount on offer.

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To claim a blind concession licence, people must provide at least one of the following documents to confirm they are certified as blind:

  • A CVI (Certificate of Visual Impairment)
  • A BD8 Certificate
  • A certificate or document issued by a local authority that shows they are registered as blind (severely sight impaired)
  • A copy of a certificate from an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon), stating that they are blind (severely sight impaired).

People who already have a TV licence but live with someone who is blind will have to transfer the licence into the name of the person who is blind in order to claim.

However, it must be noted that those who are partially sight impaired will not qualify for the 50 percent blind concession licence.

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Who is entitled to a free TV licence?

TV licence holders who are 75 years or older and they, or their partner living at the same address receive Pension Credit could be entitled to a full discount.

People who are 75 or over and live in a residential care home may be covered by an ARC (Accommodation for Residential Care) TV licence and also won’t have to pay for a licence even if they don’t receive Pension Credit. TV Licencing advises people to speak to their care home administrator to find out.

Those who have been paying for a TV Licence when they were eligible for a free one may be due a refund. TV Licensing said in these instances, it will process the refund as part of their application.

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