‘My super simple TV licence trick could save you £169 a year ahead of looming bill hike’

By Staff

The TV licence will increase by six per cent next month, much to the fury of Brits already struggling amidst the cost of living crisis. However, there is a little-known trick that could save you £169 per year

The TV licence fee will increase by six per cent next month – but there is a way to save over £160 a year.

On April 1, the controversial fee will go up from £159 to £169.50 (no, this is not an early April’s Fool). If you watch any type of live TV or access apps such as BBC iPlayer on your devices, you have to pay the hefty bill. Contrary to popular belief, this doesn’t just include content like live sports and can apply to content including the soaps, series, documentaries and even some movies.

If you’re found to be ‘watching, recording or streaming programmes illegally’ – that is, without a TV licence – you may receive a fine of up to £1,000 as well as potential legal costs. This penalty increases to £2,000 if you live in Guernsey.

However – not everybody will need to cough up next month…

Uswitch’s TV expert Nick Baker says now is a good time to check whether you’re exempt from having to pay for the TV Licence. “Under the current rules, those who are over 75 and receiving Pension Credit are eligible for a free licence,” he told the Sun.

Baker urged those eligible for the fee to be waived to contact the TV Licensing company so they’re not charged, describing it as a ‘no brainer’. But, those on Pension Credit aren’t the only ones eligible for a discount.

According to the TV Licensing’s website, if you live in a care home or sheltered accommodation – you be able to pay a discounted fee of just £7.50. Those with severe sight impairments can also apply for a 50 per cent reduction to their fee, which would bring April’s cost down to £84.75.

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If you’re feeling a little retro and only watch your films and series on a black-and-white TV – you currently only need to pay £53.50 a year. Lastly, if you’re a student temporarily living away from home you may be able to dodge the bill if your parents/ careers are paying for a TV licence.

However, this would only apply if you’re watching TV on a device like a phone or tablet. Plugging in a TV or desktop computer to the mains would void your exemptions, and you’d have to pay the fee. You don’t need a TV licence at all if you only watch on-demand programmes (other than those on BBC iPlayer) on paid-for subscription sites such as Netflix and Disney Plus. You also don’t need to pay the fee if you’re watching content on a DVD or Blu-ray.

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