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Changes to the free TV licence scheme

In this advice blog, Welfare Benefits Advisor Jen Kelly outlines how upcoming changes to the free TV licence scheme could affect RAF veterans.

At the moment, all those who are aged 75 and over can apply for a free TV licence, however this is ending tomorrow, 1 August. It was actually due to end earlier, but was pushed back to August due to coronavirus.

From tomorrow those aged 75 and over can only apply for a free TV licence if they (or their partner if they are a couple who live together) get the benefit called Pension Credit.

You can see further information on this change on the TV licensing website.

Pension Credit is a means-tested benefit for those of pension age and entitlement to Pension Credit depends on your (and any partner's) income, savings, and circumstances. It may, therefore, be a good idea for those who will lose their free TV licence, or those who are turning 75, to get a benefit check, to make sure they are not missing out on Pension Credit.

If you would like a benefit check, you can contact the Fund on 0800 169 2942 and ask to speak with a Welfare Benefits Advisor. Alternatively, you can use the free benefit calculator (provided by the charity Turn 2 Us) which is on our website.

If you have any questions about any of the above, or about benefits in general, please feel free to contact the Fund on 0800 169 2942 and ask to speak with a Welfare Benefits Advisor.

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