People who are blind, or who live with someone who is blind, can receive this concession regardless of their age. This discount on the television fee is set by the Government and covers anyone living in the same household as the person who is blind. However, those who are registered as partially sighted or sight impaired will not be able to qualify for this concession on the BBC fee.
A TV licence is needed to watch or stream live television programming, or to watch BBC programmes on iPlayer.
The fee usually changes at the beginning of April each year with the Government being in charge of setting the level of the fee.
In 2016, it was announced that the television fine would be increased in line with inflation every year for five years from April 1, 2017.
A regular TV Licence costs £159 and a black and white licence fee comes to £53.50 as of April 1, 2021.
When the discount for the blind is applied, the cost falls to £79.50 for a colour TV Licence and £26.75 for a black and white licence.
In order to claim this concession, recipients of the discount must prove they meet the necessary criteria to claim it.
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This will include providing the necessary documentation to prove they are severely sight impaired, which can include either a CVI (Certificate of Visual Impairment) or BD8 Certificate.
As well as this, a certificate or document issued by a Local Authority that confirms someone is registered as blind or a copy of a certificate from an Ophthalmologist eye surgeon showing the same will also be accepted.
Once this evidence has been handed over to the TV Licensing authority, the same information will not need to be provided again.
To begin the application process, claimants will need to print out a form which can be found on the TV Licensing website.
There is also the option of transferring a current TV Licence to put it under the name of a blind person who is also living at the same address.
On its website, TV Licensing states: “If you already have a TV Licence, but it isn’t in the name of the person who is blind (severely sight impaired), you’ll need to transfer the licence into their name.
“If the blind person is under 18, the application will need to be made in their name and with their medical certificate showing proof of entitlement.
“There is no minimum age as long as the appropriate evidence is forwarded to us.
“You can do this by making a first time blind application. You’ll just need to enter the existing TV Licence number for your address when you apply.”
Other discounts are also available on the TV Licence for people who are not blind, including for pensioners.
Care home residents may be able to get a discounted TV licence fee of £7.50 due to residents and staff all needing separate licences for their own living quarters.
Those aged 75 or over, who claim Pension Credit, are eligible to apply for a free TV Licence, which is paid for by the BBC.Internet Explorer Channel Network