Almost half a million people could apply for a free TV Licence over the next 12 months, as more than 460,000 people across the UK celebrate their 75th birthday in the coming year.
TV Licensing is reminding anyone aged 75 or over they are eligible for a free TV Licence for their main address, as part of a month-long awareness campaign launched last week which charity Age UK is supporting by helping TV Licensing to get the message to everyone aged 75 and over. Over four million people across the UK are already enjoying the benefits of the concession, including 4,400 in Wisbech, which applies to anyone 75 or over, regardless of income, or anyone living with someone aged 75 or over. Although the concession is free, it must be applied for in order for the address to be correctly licensed. Caroline Abrahams, 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 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.