How much is the TV licence increase, how do I check my balance and can I legally avoid to pay? – The Sun

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How much is the TV licence increase, how do I check my balance and can I legally avoid to pay? – The Sun



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.
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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.
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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.

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