PEOPLE who are blind or severely sight impaired care being encouraged to claim a 50 per cent reduction in the annual cost of their TV licence.
TV Licensing has been working with the Royal National Institute for the Blind and groups which support people who are severely sight-impaired across the UK .
Last year more than 37,400 blind concessionary licences were issued in the UK, including more than 10 Figures provided by TV Licensing, March 2014 in Hastings
Live-in carers or family members could also benefit from the concession. A blind concession TV Licence costs £72.75 for colour and £24.50 for a black and white TV Licence.
Martin Dyan, spokesperson for TV Licensing London and South East, said: “If you live with someone who is severely sight-impaired, they are entitled to a blind concession TV Licence which is half the price of a full fee licence. This will cover you, as well as anyone else living in your household. There also many ways to pay - online with a debit or card, monthly or quarterly direct debit, over-the-counter and by phone or post.
“TV Licensing welcomes the chance to work with RNIB to ensure people are aware of the concession they may be entitled to.”
Andy Barrick, head of membership and information services at RNIB, said: “Some blind people, and their families, may not be aware that they are eligible to claim a 50 per cent reduction in the cost of their TV Licence. TV continues to be a popular form of entertainment for many people with sight loss, thanks in part to recent improvements in talking TV programme guides. We would encourage blind people to apply for their reduced TV Licence if they haven’t already done so.”
If you live with someone who is severely sight-impaired, and already have a full fee TV Licence in your name, you can transfer the licence to the name of the person who is severely sight-impaired. To do this, fill in the form available at tvlicensing.co.uk/blind or contact TV Licensing on 0300 790 0366. Those who use a digital box used to produce sounds only, and provided it cannot display TV programmes, would not require a TV Licence. Anyone who does not watch or record live TV on any device can let TV Licensing know by completing an online declaration at tvlicensing.co.uk/nln.
Anyone with sight problems can get TV Licensing information by email or in Braille, large print or audio by calling 0300 555 0300.