Tv licence reduction

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People in Wisbech who are registered as blind could receive a 50 per cent reduction on the cost of their television licence.

By joining forces with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and other organisations across the UK providing support to people with sight loss, TV Licensing is working to make sure anyone who is eligible to receive the concession is aware and takes advantage of the reduced fee.

There are more than 39,700 blind concessionary licences in force throughout the UK, including 43 in Wisbech. Around 16,190 people in the East of England are registered as blind (severely sight impaired) and could apply for the concession.

Live-in carers or family members could also benefit from the concession, as once in place the licence covers any equipment used to watch or record TV at the address, including TVs, laptops, tablets and games consoles. A blind concession TV Licence costs £72.75 for colour and £24.50 for a black and white TV Licence.

Mark Whitehouse, spokesperson for TV Licensing in the East of England, said: “We are pleased to be working with RNIB to ensure everyone eligible for the concession is claiming the discount they are entitled to. Anyone who is registered as blind (severely sight-impaired), or lives with someone who is, can apply for a blind concession TV

Licence which is half the price of a full fee licence. This will also cover anyone else living in the household.”

If you live with someone who is registered as blind (severely sight-impaired), and already have a full fee TV Licence in your name, you can transfer the licence to the name of the person who is severely sight-impaired. It’s easy to apply, either by filling in an online form at tvlicensing.co.uk/blind or by contacting TV Licensing on 0300 790 6112.