If you live in the United Kingdom and use television, you will have to pay for what is called a television licence. Basically, anyone watching or record live television transmissions are required to pay for the license, which is charged on an annual basis.
Here are some of the top facts that you need to know.
- Anyone who is watching satellite, cable, terrestrial, and internet based broadcasts are required to let the licence, and this includes all kinds of institutions as well, such as schools, hospitals and businesses.
- Since 2010, the annual fees is set at £145.50 for colour. If you are using black and white broadcasts, the licence fee is £49.00. It is likely that there will be no changes in 2016 in the charges. It is essential to mention here that the income from TV licences are used by BBC to fund its services, including online services
- The payment for the annual fee can be done by debit or credit cards, and you can choose to pay yearly, quarterly, monthly or weekly as the needs may be, There is a TV licence phone number, where you can call and ask them on payment options, which can be done even through PayPoint outlets.
- There is always a choice to cancel the licence, especially for certain situations. If you have moved homes or the holder of the licence has died, one can seek cancellation. People often end up having more than one licence for the same home, which can be cancelled too. In case, you have a change in address, you can always contact TV licensing authority about that. Also, when you move into a home with someone who already has the licence for that property, you can seek cancellation.
- If you are student, you may need an own TV Licence, especially if you live in Halls of Residence. Only some of the common communal areas are covered under the licence of the hall, and when you want to enjoy the services in your room, you are required to pay for the licence. As for tenants, they may need to pay if they have a different space or flat, but it is best to talk to the helpdesk to know more.
- People who are over 75 may not need to pay for the TV licence. So, blind or people with impaired sight can seek a reduction in the license fee to 50%, as long as they have a proof for the same. Businesses too need a valid TV Licence for their premises for using the services, evading which may lead to criminal offence. Always talk to the concerned authorities as how many licences you may need for your business premises.
If you have any confusion with regards to your licence or details related to payment, make sure to call on the authorized number of help. People who have second homes are also required to pay extra for the services, which is something you might want to discuss, as well.
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