Thousands of Brits could be missing out on £159 a year on TV licence benefits

Could you be missing out on a free TV licence?

According to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) around two in five eligible Brits aren’t claiming the benefit.

If you are over the age of 75 and receive Pension Credit then you won’t be required to pay for one.

But without this benefit, a TV licence could set you back around £159 per year.

Pension Credit could give you an extra £3,000 a year as well as you getting the TV licence for free on top.

Those who are over 65 on a low income are eligible for the benefit.

Also you can claim if you and your partner are both 65 and one of you is in receipt of Housing Benefits.

Many people aren’t claiming their free TV licence

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If you’re single then you must be over 65 and in receipt of Housing Benefits.

Your weekly income must be less than £177.10 or your joint income must be less than £270.30 if you have a partner.

You can apply online and check availability for the credit using the DWP’s online calculator.

Alternatively you can find out more by calling the DWP’s helpline on 0800 731 0469.

Once you have Pension Credit you can apply for a free licence on the TV licensing website.

Then any money you spent on the TV licence in the application period will be refunded.

Anyone over the age of 75 and eligible for Pension Credit is entitled to a free TV licence.

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