Free TV Licences, funded by the Government, for all over 75s will come to an end in July 2020.
From 1 August 2020, there will be a new scheme.
Under the new scheme, anyone aged 75 or over receiving Pension Credit will be eligible to apply for a free TV Licence, paid for by the BBC. Pension Credit can be in the name of the licence holder, or in their partner’s name if they are a couple living at the same address.
If Pension Credit is not received – either in the licence holder’s name or their partner’s name if they are a couple – the TV Licence will need to be paid for.
Your next TV Licence
If you already have a free over 75 licence you will be covered until 31 July 2020. You do not need to take immediate action.
TV Licensing will be writing to all free over 75 licence holders from early August to let you know how you may be affected and what you will need to do next. You will then be offered payment options that include spreading the cost in weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments.
You won’t be expected to pay for a new licence until you have been contacted, giving your plenty of time to set up their new licence. You won’t need to leave your home, to claim a free TV licence or to pay for one.
TV Licensing have launched a free telephone information line giving recorded information to help over-75s - the number is 0800 232 1382.
You can find out more on the TV Licence website or you can call them on their dedicated helpline 0300 790 6117.
Are you eligible for Pension Credit?
If you are over 75 and claim Pension Credit you will still be entitled to a free TV licence, amongst other benefits.
Pension credit is an income-related benefit aimed at people over state pension age (currently rising from 65 to 66 for men and women).
It offers older people a weekly top-up to their income and is available to single pensioners, including widows and widowers, as well as couples.
Guarantee credit pushes up your income to £173.75 if you are single or £265.20 if you are a couple.
You may be eligible if you have reached state pension age and your income is less than these amounts, even if you own your own home.
A separate savings credit element is available to people who reached retirement age before April 2016.
There isn't a limit on how much you have in savings, but if you have over £10,000 you will receive less money.
To find out if you are eligible and how much you could claim, phone the pension credit claim line on 0800 99 1234 or use this online tool to find out how much you could get.
Need help to apply for Pension Credit?
If you need help with the application, call us on 0800 678 1894 or email RentWRoutboundteam@torus.co.uk
Supported Living & TV Licence
The following information applies to Torus tenants living in one of our Extra Care home schemes, supported housing or sheltered schemes.
If you are a Torus tenant and currently live in one of our Extra Care home schemes, supported housing or sheltered accommodation and you currently qualify for preserved rights for Accommodation for residential care (ARC) concessionary TV Licence, then this still applies to existing occupants and we have not been informed that this will change.
Communal TV Licence (Sheltered schemes)
The cost for the TV Licence for the communal rooms at our Sheltered schemes will continue to be covered by Torus.