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Rochford District Council, South Street, Rochford.
25 January 2013
Over 75s & TV Licences
Councillor urges older residents in Rochford District to join the thousands enjoying their free over 75 licence
Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Care and Wellbeing, Councillor Mrs Jo McPherson, is urging anyone aged 75 or over in Rochford District to make sure that they get in touch with TV Licensing to claim their free TV Licence.
Budgeting can become more difficult as you get older and so TV Licensing has made it easier than ever to apply for the free over 75 licence. What’s more, if you live with someone aged over 75, their free licence will cover all the equipment in the property, meaning you could also benefit.
People aged 75 and over in the Rochford District are among almost 3.9 million people across the UK already enjoying the benefits of the concession, and if you are due to turn 75 within the next year you are eligible for a short term licence to take you up to your 75th birthday.
TV Licensing has been working with elderly advice groups and councils across the UK and in Rochford District to make sure anyone who is eligible is aware of the free over 75 TV Licence.
The Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Care and Wellbeing, Councillor Mrs Jo McPherson, said: "Many older people live on low fixed incomes, so the free television licence for people aged 75 and over is a valuable entitlement and we would urge people to make sure they apply this year.
Television offers many older people a vital source of information and entertainment, especially for those who find it hard to get out and about.
Anyone aged 75 or older is entitled to a free TV Licence, so, if you’re spending time with older relatives in the coming months then make sure they’re taking advantage of the concession. It's easy to apply for your free television licence today by calling 0300 790 6073 or going to the TV Licensing website."
Applying for a free licence is easy and once you have done so, TV Licensing will renew it automatically annually for three years, cutting down on paperwork.
It’s now easier than ever to apply for the free over 75 licence, thanks to a new online application facility on the TV Licensing website. People applying for their free licence for the first time, or those aged 74 wishing to apply for a short term licence to take them up to their 75th birthday, simply need to fill in a short form at www.tvlicensing.co.uk/over75. Alternatively, they can call 0300 790 6073, or write to TV Licensing, Bristol, BS98 1TL, giving their name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number.