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BBC TV licence set to rise to £147

MUMBAI: From 1 April 2017, the cost of BBC’s annual licence fee will increase to £147, the government has confirmed.

This is the first time the licence fee has increased since 1 April 2010. The government is responsible for setting the level of the licence fee, and last year announced that it would rise in line with inflation for five years from 1 April 2017.

Licence fee payers will receive a payment plan or a reminder reflecting the new amount when their licence is next due for renewal. Those buying or renewing a licence after 1 April will pay the new fee. Those already buying a licence on an installment scheme which started before 1 April – such as monthly direct debit or weekly cash payments – will continue to make payments totalling £145.50 until their licence comes up for renewal.

  • Anyone watching or recording TV programmes as they are shown on TV, or watching or downloading BBC programmes on iPlayer needs to be covered by a licence. This applies whether they are using a TV set, computer, or any other equipment.
  • The increase has been calculated by government using the Consumer Price Index rate of inflation, measured at 1 per cent in September 2016.
  • The cost of an annual black and white licence will rise from £49 to £49.50.
  • The free concession for those aged over 75 remains, although as at present this is not issued automatically, and anyone entitled to the concession must apply for it.
  • If a person is blind (severely sight impaired) you are entitled to a 50 per cent concession on the cost of a TV Licence. From 1 April 2017, this amount will be £73.50. There is no change to the Accommodation for Residential Care concession, which is available to people living in certain types of residential care accommodation, which may include care homes or sheltered housing.
  • TV Licensing provides a range of ways to pay, including small weekly cash payments and annual Direct Debit. Payers can view their details online at any time, and can choose to receive correspondence from TV Licensing by email, rather than by post.