Where can I find information about the licence fee?

Page updated: 13th May 2019

On Monday 1 April 2019 the licence fee increased to the following:

  • £154.50 for a colour licence
  • £52 for a mono (black and white) licence
  • £77.25 for the blind concession

The licence is free if you are 75 or over. 

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. You can read more about the increase in the licence fee on the BBC Media Centre

The BBC is paid for directly through each household TV licence. This allows it to run a wide range of popular public services for everyone, free of adverts and independent of advertisers, shareholders or political interests.

The BBC provides 11 TV channels, 19 national radio stations, more than 50 local TV and radio services, the BBC's website, and the on-demand TV and radio services BBC iPlayer, BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer Radio.

On 1 September 2016, it became law that you need a TV licence to watch on-demand programmes and to download from BBC iPlayer. To find out more about this go to the BBC iPlayer and the TV Licence webpage.

For more information on the licence fee, please visit the TV Licensing website.

For more information on how your licence fee is spent, please visit the BBC Annual Report page.


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