Despite being deeply controversial and a broken Conservative Party manifesto promise, free TV licences for the over-75s ended on August 1st.
What does this mean?
If you were previously in receipt of a free TV licence, you’ll now need to pay for it. This means more than three million households are being asked to pay the £157.50 annual fee for the first time.
You can pay annually, or via monthly direct debit.
Are you eligible for Pension Credit?
If you’re eligible for Pension Credit, you’ll continue to get your TV licence for free. If you’re eligible, Pension Credit will not only give you a bit of extra cash, it could also help you get other benefits like Council Tax reductions, cold weather payments, free dental care on the NHS and more.
Age UK research says there are up to 590,000 over-75s eligible for pension credit who are not claiming it.
Pension Credit comes in 2 parts:
Guarantee Credit tops up your weekly income to a guaranteed minimum level:
- £173.75 if you’re single
- or £265.20 if you’re a couple.
Savings Credit is extra money if you’ve got some savings or your income is higher than the basic State Pension. It’s only available to people who reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016. You could get up to:
- £13.97 extra per week if you’re single
- or £15.62 if you’re a couple.