Thousands enjoy TV spree for free

Over 75s in Spalding can get a welcome Christmas present in the form of a free TV licence.
Over 75s in Spalding can get a welcome Christmas present in the form of a free TV licence.

More than 7,000 people in the Spalding area are enjoying their TV viewing for free because they are 75 or older, new figures have revealed.

Almost half a million people are eligible for a welcome birthday present in the form of a free TV Licence as they turn 75 in the coming year, according to TV Licensing.

Now the body which collects TV licence fees and catches people watching TV without a licence has teamed up with Age UK to remind the over 75s that they are eligible for a free TV Licence to use at their main home address.

A month-long awareness campaign has been launched by TV Licensing and Age UK to spread the word to elderly people who may be missing out on their TV bonus.

Age UK charity director Caroline Abrahams said: “Television is an important source of information and entertainment for many older people, but those on low incomes may struggle to pay for a TV licence.

“We would encourage people aged 75 and over to apply for their free TV Licence so they don’t lose out.

“It’s easy to do and TV Licensing will renew it automatically for three years once you’ve applied, cutting down the paper work.”

More than four million people across the UK currently hold a free TV licence, including 7,100 in Spalding, who are aged 75 or over.

The concession applies regardless of income and includes anyone who is living with someone aged 75 or over.

But although the TV licence is free, it must be applied for in order for the address to be correctly licensed.

For more information, can call Age UK Advice on 0800 169 65 65 where lines are open from 8am to 7pm, seven days a week.