The TV Licence concession scheme, whereby viewers over the age of 75 were not required to pay for their licence came to an end in August. Letters to all those affected by the changes were sent out by the Licensing authority during the summer, which understandably left many older people worried and confused about the affordability of and arrangements for the TV licence scheme in the future.

Those persons over 75 and in receipt of Pension Credit will continue to receive their licence free of charge.

The CTBA’s Trustees recently met and agreed that the Association will fund the costs of the annual licence for any existing beneficiary that would now be required to pay the annual cost under the new arrangements – currently costing £157.50 per year per household.

The Association is writing to its affected beneficiaries to explain this new arrangement and reassure them they need not worry about finding the money to pay for their next TV licence. If beneficiaries have any concerns or questions about the new scheme and what it means for them they should contact their Case visitor or phone the National Office.