TV Licences Are About To Get More Expensive

If you need to get a new TV licence, better do it before April 1.

That’s the date when the price will increase for the second year running, from £147 to £150.50.

The annual cost for BBC programming went up last year, which was the first time a freeze had had been lifted since 2010.

The government said the fee will continue to rise in line with inflation for five years.

Anyone watching or recording TV programmes as they are shown on TV, or watching or downloading BBC programmes on iPlayer, must have a licence.

The charge applies whether they are using a TV set, computer, or any other equipment.

Licence fee payers will receive a payment plan or a reminder reflecting the new amount when their licence is next due for renewal.

Anyone who bought an installment scheme before April 1 will continue to pay £147 until their licence comes up for renewal.

TV Licensing, the body tasked with collecting the fee, will be advising licence fee payers due to renew in March to pay on time so that they will pay the current rate of £147.

Those buying a new licence before April 1 will also pay the current rate.