Free TV licences for the over 75’s

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Free TV Licences for the over 75’s

There are not too many advantages of getting older but one is that the anyone aged over 75 is entitled to a free TV licence.

If you or someone you care for is currently 74 and the TV licence is due to be renewed, you need to purchase a short-term licence to cover  up to the 75th birthday.

When someone reaches 74 it is possible to apply for a free TV licence online although TV Licensing cannot accept an application before then.

When you are 75 you may apply for a free TV Licence and this will automatically be renewed every 3 years provided TV Licensing have the National Insurance number of the licence holder.

TV Licensing will also automatically refund any money over paid for each full month after a 75th birthday. This will be paid when the over 75 TV Licence is issued.

This will save an older person £145.50 per year. Working as I do with people in their mid-90’s I can’t call 75 elderly!.

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Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference


  1. Hi John,
    Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to leave a comment here. I didn’t know that we all pay towards the “Free TV” licences so thank you for enlightening me. They are still however free to the elderly viewers which was my point. I think bearing in mind how much tax we are all charged it is welcome to know that some of it goes to making the lives of our elderly easier and not all abroad in overseas aid!

  2. You do know that these are not free. The BBC claims the money back from the taxpayer so everyone including those claiming them is charged £20…………..nice little earner for the BBC, £550 million a year!

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