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TV Licence Will Rise to Over £150 This April — How to Beat It

  • Rise will happen on 1st April
  • Government confirmed fees will go up to £150.50
  • Rising “in line with inflation”
The cost of a TV licence is going up in April. Image: Getty
The cost of a TV licence is going up in April. Image: Getty

When does the TV license fee go up in price?

From April 1st, the cost of a TV licence will go up to £150.50, the Government has announced.

Last year the annual fee was raised for the first time in seven years, and the Government said it would rise in line with inflation for the next five years.

This comes after Sky announced its fees will also be rising on 1st April, but only for some customers.

Who has to pay the TV license fee?

You have to pay the annual fee if you’re watching live TV or BBC iPlayer. The money goes towards funding the BBC.

You do not need a TV licence if you just watch streaming services, like Netflix or Now TV, at home.

Licence fee payers will receive a payment plan or a reminder detailing the changes and when their licence is due for renewal over the next few weeks.

How can I beat the price hike?

Renew your TV license before April 1st and you’ll pay the lower current rate for another year.

If you buy a licence on or after April 1st then you will have to pay the new fee, so if your licence is close to running out, make sure to do it before the deadline so you’ll pay less.

If you pay monthly or weekly with a plan that started before the 1st April, then this amount won’t go up until you need to renew your licence.

Unlike telecoms companies, the Government isn’t allowed to raise prices mid-contract.

Almost 3.5 million Brits have cancelled their TV licence fee in the last four years, as the popularity of streaming services has taken off.

Do you think a TV Licence is worth the money? Let us know in the comments!

Comments+20 points

We have to put up with, repeats, and rubbish, advertising on B.B.C. I think a rise would be out of order, considering what you receive.


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the tv Licence is all ready £170.40a year all ready.so were are you going it going up with what.???


think i am going to cancel mine. i don't watch, listen or read BBC and i don't agree with its EU bias and EU funding

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