Published: Tuesday, 3rd March 2020
The borough council is encouraging over-75-year-olds to check if they’re eligible for Pension Credit.
This could mean they do not have to pay the TV licence fee when the free licence concession is withdrawn in June.
Under current rules everyone aged 75 and over can receive a free TV licence. From June this will change to only those over 75-year-olds who receive Pension Credit in order to help the poorest pensioners.
Cllr Adrian Lawrence, cabinet member for Housing, said: “Age UK say that up to £3.5bn of Pension Credit and Housing Benefit goes unclaimed each year by older people. With the rules changing for over 75-year-olds paying for a TV licence I would recommend that people visit https://www.gov.uk/pension-credit and click on the Pension Credit calculator or telephone 0800 99 1234 for advice.
“People successful with a claim for Pension Credit can also check to see if they are eligible for other benefits.”
Across the UK over 1.5 million households with residents aged over 75 could receive free TV Licences funded by the BBC if they receive Pension Credit. TV Licensing will operate a self-verification system where individuals need to demonstrate their receipt of Pension Credit in order to qualify.