TV Licensing has launched a partnership with RNIB to ensure people who are registered blind are claiming their 50 per cent concession on their TV Licence. Over 40,000 blind concessionary licences were issued in the UK in the last 12 months, however the initiative aims to increase that number further by encouraging anyone who is registered but not claiming to apply for their licence now.
The concession entitles people who are registered blind or severely sight impaired, to purchase their licence at the reduced fee of £72.75 for colour and £24.50 for a black and white TV Licence. In addition, if you live with someone who is registered blind or severely sight impaired, their 50% licence concession will cover all the equipment in the household.
Farimah Darbyshire, TV Licensing spokesperson said:
"TV Licensing is pleased to be working with RNIB to ensure that anyone who is registered blind or severely sight impaired knows they are eligible for a 50% concession on their TV Licence. If you think you, or a member of your household could benefit from the concession please get in touch with us by visiting www.tvlicensing.co.uk/blind or calling us on 0300 790 0366."
Check your entitlement
TV Licensing has also been working with advice groups for visually impaired people across the UK, to make sure anyone who is eligible is aware of the blind TV Licence concession.
It is estimated that one in five people aged 75 and over are living with sight loss. However, anyone over the age of 75 is entitled to a free TV Licence. This also includes households where a person over 75 resides. For more information, visit http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/for-your-home/aged-74-and-over-aud3/ or call 0300 790 6073.