DWP says people are missing out on free TV licences

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has said thousands of people could be missing out on free TV licences, just weeks after the fee rose by £11.50.

The BBC charge was first implemented in June 1946, when television broadcasts resumed following the Second World War. And as of April 1, the TV licence will cost £169.50 - up from £159.

But not everybody is obligated to pay the fee.

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A DWP update posted to X, formerly Twitter, on Sunday reads: "With #PensionCredit you could get additional financial help, plus other support including a free TV Licence for over 75s".

An estimated 850,000 older people in the UK are thought to be missing out on Pension Credit. The benefit, which is worth around £75 per week for each claimant, also gives access to freebies and other money-saving schemes.

As well as a free TV licence for over 75s, these can include:

  • Housing Benefit if you rent the property you live in

  • Support for Mortgage Interest if you own the property you live in

  • Council Tax discount

  • Help with NHS dental treatment, glasses and transport costs for hospital appointments

  • Help with your heating costs through the Warm Home Discount Scheme

  • A discount on the Royal Mail redirection service if you are moving house

You can find out more about Pension Credit here

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