1. Home
  2. Chat
  3. Tv License Starting to Contact 75 and over People about Paying Tv Licenses .

Tv License Starting to Contact 75 and over People about Paying Tv Licenses .

In the News

Ive received an email from Age concern about 75 year olds who now have to pay for the tv license unless in receipt of certain benefits .They have said if someone is contacted outside the ways described then the people contacting them are likely to be scammers.

Here's the email ,

This week TV Licensing have started sending letters to anyone aged over 75 asking them to either pay for their TV licence or apply for a free one. I want to make sure you know what to expect when you get your letter, so that if you’re contacted by scammers before then you’ll be able to spot them.

TV Licensing will only ask you to pay using the following options:

By post using the address: TV Licensing,

PO Box 578, Darlington DL98 1AN

Online at tvl.co.uk/75pay or tvl.co.uk/75apply

Over the phone on 0300 790 6151

If you are contacted and asked to pay for your TV licence using a different phone number, a different website or by posting your details to a different address you have been contacted by a scammer.

TV Licensing have also been clear that they will not come to your doorstep to collect the licence fee if you are over 75, so anyone who claims to do so is also a scammer.

stuartsmith544
1 month ago
What do you think of this?
BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana1 month ago

I've seen my mother's form to claim a free tv license and it looks very easy with just a signature required and a scan of her pension credit letter needing to be attached. She has the 2nd type of pension credit not the more generous type but I think that is still enough for a free tv license. I don't have a tv license myself so on the rare occasions I need to watch anything on the BBC I pop over to her house to watch it. Last time that happened was when the BBC made 'War of the Worlds' but the series was amateur at best and clearly made by someone who had no interest in science fiction. Not a fan of the BBC to say the least.

Like
Reply
Lynibis
Lynibis1 month ago

Thanks for the warning. Sadly only a handful of people will read this and maybe one or two will pass on to any over 75s they know.

The way chat is set up topics disappear almost before they have seen the light of day (everyone scrabbling to post 2 a day on any old thing) and rarely stay on page 1 for a whole day. Some really interesting chats are ignored as people judge by the title and move on if it doesn't appeal.

They also post comments without reading the others and often repeat something already said.

Like
Reply
1
sarahgreen15
sarahgreen151 month ago

I think it’s ridiculous that they are charging for TV licences at all nowadays.. I really begrudge paying it to watch the odd programme on live TV when we spend most our time watching netflix..

Like
Reply
2
TheChimp
TheChimp1 month ago

sarahgreen15 I think that it's an outrage too seeing the pile of nonsense that the BBC put out. I would agree to not watching any output by the BBC if I didn't have to pay the fee.

But I do agree that over 75s should pay for it (except the poorest who are on pension credits). They get enough benefits as it is, and if they can afford it, why wouldn't they be expected to pay?

And don't give me this 'I've paid taxes all my life' rubbish, because I'm just not having it.

Like
Reply
3
Lynibis
Lynibis1 month ago

TheChimp I agree, there are plenty of super rich pensioners with better incomes than struggling families. They shouldn't receive bus passes, heating allowance etc either.

However, my pension is £550 and I can only manage because I stuck with a hated job for 26 years and received a pension from that so can manage, just. I still have a mortgage but once that is paid I won't have to struggle.

Like
Reply
2
TheChimp
TheChimp1 month ago

Lynibis The problem is that the government want the 'grey vote' so will pander to the pensioners.

And now they feel entitled.

Like
Reply
LordUnbox
LordUnbox1 month ago

TheChimp it depends. If the pension is substantially lower than minimum wage then no. Also I think that for one thing loads of these old people may not have someone to take care of these things for them, live alone or any other factor that stops them from having a normal adult life.

Also I like to think that the problem is not the people who watch tv and not pay for it, but more the actual problem of having to pay a license to watch tv.

EDIT: the letters are the worst, passive-aggressive, threatening. Some people really fall for that.

Like
Reply
TheChimp
TheChimp1 month ago

LordUnbox Do you not get it?

The people who are not 'poor' have to get a license.

It's all means tested now, so where is the problem?

Like
Reply
LordUnbox
LordUnbox1 month ago

TheChimp yes, I do get it but I disagree with it as a whole idea whether you are rich or not.

Like
Reply
BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana1 month ago

Well don't pay it then, you must have better uses for close to £150 or whatever it is now. For me it is so rare that I actually want to watch a program on BBC that I'm happy just to visit my mother who is only 4 minutes away walking if I need to, I visit her regularly anyway and spend more time there watching itv programs. Don't forget you can watch itv, ch4, ch5 programs on catchup services without a tv license. I really don't miss the BBC at all and can still listen to BBC radio stations and access their website freely. Not that I listen to the radio stations but do have an occasional look at BBC news and also mainly use the BBC weather service online.

Like
Reply
Pjran
Pjran20 days ago

Lynibis we have fiends who have such large pensions they are in the higher rate tax brackets earning more than my husbands full time job. We do tease them about the extra winter fuel payments etc but they are lovely and appreciate their good fortune. Others, however are tight fisted and do not help their children. I find it hard to socialise with them now.

Like
Reply
Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap1 month ago

We only watch 1 thing on BBC casualty don't use the bbc for radio or website

Like
Reply
AliceBell64468
AliceBell644681 month ago

People should cancel their license, the things the money is spent on is ridiculous and it is disgusting that they will be charging pensioners as well now, to pay for their staff transport etc.

Like
Reply
1
davidstockport
davidstockport1 month ago

It's disgusting that they are charging anyone, I don't see why anyone who doesn't want to watch BBC programmes has to pay to watch programmes that have nothing to do with the BBC. It might be better if they made BBC "subscription" then those who don't want to watch don't have to subsidize those who do.

The over 75 free licence was a farce anyway, it might have been better if all in the household had to be over 75 to qualify.

Like
Reply
1
tumblespots
tumblespots20 days ago

davidstockport Oh yes, a subscription IF you want to watch BBC.

I don't and really begrudge the fee.

Why should we, in the UK, all pay for the whole world to have access to BBC services - let the rest of the world pay it for a change. But they won't do that because we are easy fodder and are forced to comply by the Government, therefore, you should all consider it an additional tax!

Like
Reply
1
davidstockport
davidstockport20 days ago

tumblespots I believe world services (mainly radio) are paid for by the government from taxes (not from the licence fee) and the programmes that aren't have to be bought by the countries showing them, it is a major source of revenue for the BBC. Many programmes earn more than the production cost on foreign sales.

Like
Reply
tumblespots
tumblespots20 days ago

davidstockport It's surprising then that they still have so many repeats to show over here 🤔 🐞

Like
Reply
jigsawx3x
jigsawx3x1 month ago

Filled me parents form for them in June was returned with new licence for free easy to do

Like
Reply
ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn1 month ago

It's not right. I don't agree. My late grandma (passed away in May) was not going to have to pay due to being on pension credits. I don't think anyone should have to pay for the BBC. I only like Gardener's world. I'm not interested in anything that boardcaster has to offer.

Like
Reply
TheChimp
TheChimp1 month ago

ShellyAnn Sorry for your loss 😢

I agree. No-one should have to pay for a TV license, it should be subscription based.

And as for the cheek of Britbox, don't get me started.

Like
Reply
1
ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn1 month ago

TheChimp Thank you. Lucky for Grandma from time of diagnosis to her death was about 3 weeks and she didn't go into hospital, refused hospice care, refused meds and was on her feet until 3 days before her death packing up her things. She handled it amazingly. she was 86. I got to see her one last time one day before my birthday. We broke quarantine rules but sod it, she was dying and I was going to see her one last time. she came to the new house and I showed her the garden, which she loved.

Like
Reply
BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana1 month ago

ShellyAnn That's quite a touching story. She sounded like a strong soul. Not being religious I can't see anything positive about death. I used to work for age concern and saw many wonderful people disappear from this world. One day you were listening to some fantastic story of the past full of interesting characters and the next day that person was gone. Ok perhaps not next day but you get the idea it didn't seem long between the two events.

Like
Reply
1
ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn1 month ago

BonzoBanana She was a tough cookie. Hard upbringing, terrible ex husband. she went through a lot. She was not religious. No funeral, no vicar she said, just put me in the ground. she had bought her burial plot years before and had the money ready for her burial. She just accepted death with a fair enough when it is your time to go, its your time.

Like
Reply
2
HollyDolly22
HollyDolly221 month ago

to be honest i stops sky etc got a fire stick tv and watch netflix prime etc, and ive saved so much money! i dont even have to pay for a licence now! i think if more people done it the money grabbing would stop on the governments behalf

Like
Reply
1
tonymaskell06
tonymaskell0621 days ago

It's digusting, I read that it take's 12000 pensioners tv licence payment to pay for Gary Linikers fee. No body but no body is worth that much. If the BBC were a manufactoring company it would not be so top heavy and squander money. I might not mind so much if the programs put out were worth watching but we seem to get repeat shows mostly. Come on you over paid whiz kids, show some common sense.

Like
Reply
JessHindle
JessHindle21 days ago

Very sad to see that certain companies are taking advantage of this

Like
Reply
One of the UK's largest deal hunting communities

Join for free to get genuine deals, money saving advice and help from our friendly community

Kelsey, Tom
& Deepak
Founders
Founders of Latest Deals
We use cookies (e.g. personalisation, analytics, social media). Find out more.