TV licence fee will be increased in April

PUBLISHED: 17:19 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 18:04 01 March 2017

The TV licence fee rises to £147 from April 1.

The TV licence fee rises to £147 from April 1.

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The government confirmed today that the TV licence fee will rise to £147 following a six year freeze.

Starting from April 1, the fee increase comes after last year’s announcement that the yearly payment will rise in line with inflation for the next five years.

Fee payers buying or renewing a licence from April 1 will pay the increased price, a rise of £1.50.

Ben Craig, spokesman for TV Licensing in London and the South East said: “The free concession for those aged over 75 remains, although at present this is not issued automatically.”

He also confirmed that anyone entitled to a concession needs to apply for it, including the blind or severely sight-impaired who can get a 50 per cent reduction. From 1 April, this amount will be £73.50.

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