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How to get a free TV license and save £159 a year when fees are frozen

MILLIONS of Britons won’t pay more for their TV rights in rare good news for tight household budgets.

The government is set to freeze TV viewing fees for the next two years to cushion the cost of living crisis.

People watching via mobile have to pay to get a TV license

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People watching via mobile have to pay to get a TV licenseCredit: Alamy

Culture Minister Nadine Dorries is expected to announce this week that the fee will be pegged at £159 through 2024.

The TV license fees usually increase each year in April and last year increased from £157.50

This is the fifth year in a row the license price has increased and back in 2016 it cost £145.50.

Fees are set by the government and have increased with inflation every year since 2017 – until now.

Households are now set to avoid a rise in 2022, like The cost of bills and other necessities is increasing, creating a crisis in the cost of living.

Rising food prices add to grocery bills and increased energy costs for households.

Price cap limits many energy prices to increase in April and Experts predict this could add £600 to the average bill.

April will also see millions pay more in National Insurance Contributions (NIC) and Council tax bill is set to increase up to 5%.

Legitimate phone trackers pay annual license fee when they watch any live TV or on BBC iPlayer on any device.

If you don’t it’s an offense and you could be fined £1,000.

But some people may be able to get an exemption from paying, saving them £159 a year.

The license is free to use for all people over 75 years old but that was dropped last year. Instead, now only certain people this age or older can get an exemption.

Pensioners with low income are entitled to Pension Credit You can still get a free TV license.

Retirement credit is a benefit designed to increase income, but an estimated 1 million people are entitled to and do not claim compensation.

That means many people are missing out on free TV licenses and other help.

If you or someone you live with is blind or severely visually impaired, you can get a 50% discount on the fee.

If you live in a residential care home or sheltered accommodation you can apply for a reduced permit which would normally cost you £7.50 instead.

Also, if you’re a student, you don’t have to pay for it yourself as you may be covered by your parent’s license despite living away from home, but you won’t be able to watch on a device plugged into a power source in case this.

Do I need a TV license?

Anyone who intends to watch or record TV shows as they are being broadcast live requires a license.

Live TV in this sense includes all programming on any channel, including soaps, series, documentaries, and even movies.

Additionally, the rules apply even if you’re not watching the shows on the actual TV – for example, if you’re watching the shows being streamed live on your PC, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. phone.

You also need one if you record live TV and then watch it later.

Color TV licenses currently cost £159 a year. A black and white TV license costs £53.50.

You will need to get a free license on the television licensing website or call 0300 790 6117.

What is retirement credit and who is eligible?

Retirement credit is a tried-and-true benefit that helps lower earners by giving them extra money during retirement.

It will give you extra cash as well as a free TV License, so you should check in case you can get both.

The benefit comes in two parts, and pensioners may be eligible for one or both:

  • Guaranteed credit – increase your weekly earnings to the guaranteed minimum. This is £167.25 a week if you are single and £255.25 a week for married couples.
  • Savings Credit – provide extra money if you have already saved money for retirement. You can get an extra £13.75 a week for a single person or £15.35 a week for a married couple.

You may also be able to get an additional retirement credit if you are disabled, have caregiving responsibilities, or have to pay certain housing costs like paying mortgage interest.

For example, you can get £53.34 a week or £63.84 per week for each child or young adult you are responsible for.

If they are disabled, you can get more.

Pension Credit is available to people over state pension age who live in England, Scotland or Wales.

To qualify, you will need a weekly income of less than £167.25 for singles or £255.25 for couples.

To apply for a Credit pension, call the claim line on 0800 99 1234 and it is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 7:30pm.

You’ll need to provide some information before you make the call, including:

  • Your National Insurance Number
  • Information about your income, savings and investments
  • Details of the account you want the money to be paid to

You can learn more about Retirement credit in The Sun’s guide here.

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