23 Feb 2018 | Posted In Money advice news

The cost of the licence fee will change on 1 April 2018.

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

  • A colour licence will now cost £150.50 (currently £147).
  • A black and white licence will cost £50.50 (currently £49.50).
  • If the customer is blind (severely sight impaired), they will still be able to apply for a 50% concession. This means a colour licence will cost £75.25 (currently £73.50).
  • There will be no change to the free over 75 TV licence.
  • The cost of Accommodation for Residential Care (ARC) concessionary licences won’t change. These licences are available to people living in certain types of residential care.


If  you are buying a licence on an instalment scheme which started before 1 April – such as monthly direct debit or weekly cash payments – will continue to make payments totalling £147 (for a colour licence) until their licence comes up for renewal.

TV Licensing will be advising licence fee payers due to renew in March to pay on time so that they will pay the current rate of £147. Those buying a new licence before 1 April will also pay the current rate.


For more information, please visit: http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/