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TV Licence

TV Licence payments

Certain groups of people can get help with meeting the cost of their TV licence.

If you have any questions regarding you TV licence please call the Income Support (Pensioners) Unit on +44 1624 687020 or email ISP@gov.im or ask at a Social Security office or any Post Office.

Who can get help, how much they can get and how to get it is explained below.

People aged 75 or over

People aged 75 or over living in the Island are no longer eligible for free TV licences from the BBC.

However from 1 December 2016 if you or your partner are aged 75 or over you can get a TV licence payment from Social Security covering the full cost of your TV licence. It doesn’t matter how much money you have coming in, how much you have in savings or who else lives with you. The TV licence must be in either your name or your partner’s name and must be for your home address.

By “partner” we mean your wife, husband, civil partner or a person you live with as if you are married or are in a civil partnership.

If you have paid for your TV licence since 1 September 2016 (when the BBC stopped issuing free TV licences) you can get a TV licence payment for the full cost of that licence.

How and when to make a claim for a TV licence payment is explained below.

People aged 74 when they pay for their TV licence who do not get Income Support

If you or your partner are aged 74 when you pay for your licence you can get a reduced TV licence payment if the period of the TV licence extends beyond your or your partner’s 75th birthday. It doesn’t matter how much money you have coming in, how much you have in savings or who else lives with you. The TV licence must be in either your name or your partner’s name and must be for your home address.

By “partner” we mean your wife, husband, civil partner or a person you live with as if you are married or are in a civil partnership.

The amount of the TV licence payment will be equivalent to the value of your licence only for the number of weeks from your or your partner’s 75th birthday to the date on which the licence expires. So, for example if you are aged 74 years and 26 weeks at the date your licence was due for renewal, the amount of the TV licence payment you can get would be equal to one half of the cost of your licence.

How and when to make a claim for a TV licence payment is explained below.

People who have reached state pension age, but are under 75, who are getting Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

You can also get a TV licence payment if –

  • you or your partner have reached state pension age, but not age 75; and
  • you or your partner are getting Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance.

By “partner” we mean your wife, husband, civil partner or a person you live with as if you are married or are in a civil partnership.

The TV licence must be in either your name or your partner’s name and must be for your home address.

How and when to make a claim for a TV licence payment is explained below.

People who have reached state pension age, but not age 75, who used to get Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

You can also qualify for a TV licence payment if all of the following apply –

  • you or your partner have reached state pension age, but not age 75;
  • you or your partner used to get Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance but no longer do so;
  • you, your partner or a person who was your partner when they died got a TV licence payment (or an equivalent TV licence refund) in the past; and
  • you and your partner’s capital added together is £20,000 or less.

By “partner” we mean your wife, husband, civil partner or a person you live with as if you are married or are in a civil partnership.

The TV licence must be in either your name or your partner’s name and must be for your home address.

How and when to make a claim for a TV licence payment is explained below.

How and when you should claim a TV licence payment

You can claim a TV licence payment at any time in the 3-month period beginning 1 month before the date your TV licence is due for renewal and ending 2 months after the renewal date. For example, if your licence is due for renewal on 1 January 2017 you can claim your TV licence payment any time between 1 December 2016 and 28 February 2017.

But if you don’t claim your TV licence payment in the normal 3-month period you may still qualify for a TV licence payment if you had good reason for making your claim late.

You can download a claim form from this webpage or get one from a Social Security office or any post office.

You don’t have to pay for your TV licence before you can get a TV licence payment. You can claim a TV licence payment by sending your TV licence renewal notice to us with your completed claim form.

Or if you have already paid for your TV licence, send us your new licence with your completed claim form.

Take or send your claim form to - TV Licence Payments, Markwell House, Market Street, Douglas IM1 2RZ. Or you can take it to any post office.

You will need to claim a TV licence payment each year within the 3-month period described above. 

If you are aged 75 or over and have paid for a TV licence which began on any day between 1 September 2016 and 30 November 2016 - you have until 31st January 2017 to claim a TV licence payment for the full cost of your licence.

If you are aged 75 or over we will write to you in early December 2016 inviting you to claim a TV licence payment at the appropriate time and provide you with a claim form for you to do so.

You will also be able to download the claim form from this webpage or get one from a Social Security office.

People who live in sheltered housing or a care home

There are special arrangements for people who live in sheltered housing or a care home. Tel: +44 1624 687020 to find out more.

How to pay your TV licence

Information about ways to pay for a TV licence can be found at www.tvlicensing.co.uk/payinfo or by calling 0300 790 6127. To make weekly or monthly cash payments call 0300 555 0300. Or you can call into your local post office.

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