Posted: Mon 8th Feb 2021

TV licence fee set to increase from April

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Feb 8th, 2021

The cost of the annual television licence fee will increase from £157.50 to £159.00 from April.

The UK Government, which is responsible for setting the level of the licence fee, announced in 2016 it would rise in line with inflation for five years from 1 April 2017.

Following the Government confirming the licence fee increase, people will receive a reminder or an updated payment plan reflecting the new amount when their licence is next due for renewal.

An update on the BBC media centre page of its website states: “The increase is equivalent to less than 3p a week with the overall cost of a licence equating to just 43p a day.

“For this, the BBC provides BBC iPlayer; the audio app BBC Sounds; one of the UK’s most popular websites; nine national TV channels plus regional programming; 10 national radio stations, 40 local radio stations as well as dedicated Nations radio services.”

“Our programmes and services have been at heart of UK life for almost a century and never more so than in such an unprecedented year. Each week 91% of UK adults come to the BBC, with an average of 5 million people using our services every single minute of the day and night, across TV, radio, and online.”

Those buying or renewing a licence after 1 April 2021 will pay the new fee. Those already buying a licence on an instalment scheme which started before 1 April 2021, such as monthly direct debit or weekly cash payments, will continue to make payments totalling £157.50 until their licence comes up for renewal. Anyone buying a new licence before 1 April 2021 will also pay the current rate.

Information on how to pay for your TV Licence can be found at: www.tvlicensing.co.uk

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