Free TV Licence for over-75s in Peeblesshire
Graham Ford • Published 14 Sep 2012 13:07
With more than 40,844 people in Scotland due to turn 75 this year, TV Licensing and Age Scotland are reminding older TV Licence holders in Peebles they will be entitled to a free TV Licence on their 75th birthday.
Anyone aged 75 or over is eligible for a free TV Licence for their main address. There are currently more than 800 free TV Licences in force in Peebles - and with some 4.9 million adults over the age of 75 living in the UK, TV Licensing is encouraging those able to claim the concession to apply online or by phone.
Eligible people can register online at www.tvlicensing.co.uk/over75 or by calling 0300 790 6073. The free licence will cover all the equipment in the property, meaning family or carers living in the same home could also benefit.
Anyone aged 74 or over can begin planning for the concession immediately by applying for a short-term licence which will last between one and 11 months.
Communications and campaign officer Doug Anthoney of Age Scotland said the organisation worked with TV Licensing throughout the year to ensure older people and community advice groups were aware of the concession.
"We would encourage everyone who is eligible to take up this offer. With living costs continuing to rise it's good to know that there are still some things that can be enjoyed for free."
Fergus Reid, spokesperson for TV Licensing Scotland, said the application process was simple, with additional support available for anyone needing help to apply.
"Applying for a free licence is simple and, once you have one, TV Licensing will send a new licence once every three years, cutting down on excess paperwork.
"It's quick and easy to apply either online at www.tvlicensing.co.uk/over75 or by calling our contact centre for extra help on 0300 790 6073".
The free licence is not granted automatically so anybody who becomes eligible needs to make sure they remember to apply by getting in touch with TV Licensing directly.
Customers with a free TV Licence are reminded to contact TV Licensing if there is a change to their name, address or telephone details.
This article appeared in Peeblesshire News 19 Sep 12
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