TV licence fee set to rise from April

22 February 2018

The TV licence, which funds BBC television and radio services, is set to rise for the second successive year.

From 1 April 2018, the annual licence fee will rise from £147 to £150.50 - £3.50 a year higher (or 2.4% more) than the current charge.

The government is responsible for setting the licence fee and agreed in 2016 that the cost would rise in line with inflation for five years between 2017 and 2022.

This marks the second consecutive annual increase. Prior to 2017, the licence fee had been frozen since 2010.

The licence fee pays for BBC television channels, 10 national radio stations and 40 local radio stations. It also helps to fund the cost of the BBC website, BBC iPlayer and the cost of transmitting its services.

The new £150.50 cost is equivalent to £12.54 a month, or £2.89 a week.

Those with a TV licence can continue to pay the cost up front or by direct debit.

If you’re aged over 75, you do not have to pay for a TV licence, while those who are blind or severely sight impaired are entitled to a 50% discount, meaning the annual charge will rise from £73.50 to £75.25.

The cost of an annual black and white TV licence will also rise in April, increasing from £49.50 to £50.50 (a 2% increase).  


In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

I am over 65 and living 7 months at my address.I am on credit pension without a job.May I buy tv and get any discount on a license?

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

I pay for my TV license every year bt why can I not watch iplayer abroad when I go on a holiday?

In reply to by Mochament Elef… (not verified)

Hi MochamentI'm afraid not. You'll get a free license once you turn 75 but until then they don't care if you're unemployed or on a pension. If you have a black and white TV you can get a cheaper license (wink wink) which costs £100 less than the colour one but failing that unless you're registered blind or living in residential care it's full price for the next 10 years!

In reply to by Mochament Elef… (not verified)

If you are aged 75 or older you can get your TV Licence free. You can still get a free TV Licence if you live with people who are younger than you. If you are aged 74 yrs.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Waste of money and excessive price rise considering how poor and/or biased most of the content is

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

£3.50 per annum more for nothing extra, what a rip-off! Once again the people who do the right thing are the ones who get penalised in order to cover those who do the wrong thing (I'm using the terms right and wrong very loosely by the way). It's no secret that more people are not paying the TV licence, some of course are doing so legitimately but let's be honest, plenty of people watch live TV and don't pay and this is surely going to force more people underground. So the BBC's answer to licence fee evasion is put the price up for compliant citizens. They don't enforce it in Scotland, the judges don't even bother writing out warrants up there but in Wales they're strong on enforcement but even then the penalty is usually a fine less than or equivalent to the cost of the licence fee anyway. So now more people will stop paying it because they can't afford it and then we'll be hit with yet another price rise, it'll be up to about £170 by 2023! Why don't we all just stop paying? I mean, just don't watch or record live TV with an aerial, I understand that if one watches live TV using an internet connection and the source broadcast is from outside the UK then the fee isn't payable anyway so there's something to think about. It's always seemed like more hassle than it's worth but these big greedy corporations have no boundaries it seems and so now it's worth the hassle I think. Whatever you do just remember avoidance not evasion. Happy savings!

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

the rise is not worth what i pay to watch t.v. but have to pay it as illegal to watch without a license!

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

The top management, including the DG, still have not significantly changed their self-serving ways! The culture is still largely an exercise in burying their snouts among the goodies in the trough. We, the licence payers, need a stronger and firmer commitment by the Government to remove these snouts asap to stop the further trivialisation of BBC’s broadcasts!

In reply to by C S Sagoo (not verified)

My brother living in Germany can access programmes that I cannot access in the UK. When I challenged the BBC their explanation was that the BBC was fragmented into public and commercial divisions where we the British Licence-Payers don’t necessarily have viewing rights with the latter. I responded by asking them how an organization totally financed by the British public could legally bar licence payers from these so-called commercial sections of the BBC. Never got a satisfactory reply but did pass on the question to my MP.

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