THE cost of your TV licence has increased again.
We explain how you can check your balance and if you can legally avoid paying it.
Getty – Contributor Thew TV licence fee has gone up by £4
How much is the TV licence going to increase?
The cost of the annual television licence went from £150.50 to £154.50.
The Government is responsible for setting the level of the licence fee and in 2016 announced it would rise in line with inflation for five years starting on April 1 2017.
When you pay the licence fee, the BBC provides nine national TV channels plus regional programming; 10 national radio stations, 40 local radio stations plus dedicated Nations radio services; one of the UK’s most popular websites; the radio app BBC Sounds; and BBC iPlayer.
Alamy You can pay the TV licence fee in one payment, 12 payments or four payments
How can you check your balance?
You can find out your balance here.
You can make one payment of £154.50 to pay for entire year.
Or you can pay £12.87 a month or £39.97 quarterly.
If you are over 75 then you don’t have to pay for a TV licence.
You get 50 per cent off you TV licence fee if you are registered blind.
OAPs ‘should be stripped of free bus passes, TV licences and winter fuel payments to help younger generation’
How can you legally avoid paying it?
If you never watch BBC and only watch all your programmes using the catch up services of other channels, it may be possible for you to legally ditch the licence, saving yourself £147 a year.
UNDER PRESSURE Mum worked while in LABOUR as cosmetic firm ‘pressured her’ to make cash LUCKY DIP The rare McDonald’s Monopoly pieces that can boost your chances of winning CHECKOUT THIS Tesco Clubcard members to get up to 50% off as part of special promotion WHEELY CHEAP Man saves £1K a month living in home on wheels that costs £4-a-week to run DRIVING DOWN COSTS Single mum saves £550 a year on car insurance – here’s how you can too ExclusiveSAVVY SHOPPER Mum’s top tips to slash your family’s food bill to just £20 a MONTH
You don’t need a TV licence to watch movies and TV programmes on DVD or Blu-ray, or streamed from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Now TV and YouTube.
If you think you don’t need a TV licence you can declare that here.
You are not legally obliged to make an NLN (No Licence Needed) declaration.