Free TV Licences are changing

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The current Free TV Licence scheme stops on the 31st July 2020 and a new scheme will start on 1st August 2020. Read below to find out more about these changes:

Currently, if you or anyone you live with are 75, you can apply for a Free TV Licence. If you already have a Free TV Licence, this will still be valid until 31st July 2020. From 1st August 2020, a new scheme starts.

Under the new scheme, you (or your partner if you are a couple), must be receiving Pension Credit to qualify for a Free TV Licence.

What is Pension Credit?

Pension Credit is a benefit which boosts your weekly income if you are eligible to claim it. There are two parts to Pension Credit:

To be eligible for Guarantee Credit, you (and your partner if you are a couple), must meet certain criteria relating to:

To apply for Pension Credit you will need to have details of:

Citizens Advice Wigan Borough and Age UK Wigan Borough are working together to ensure that people in the borough get the help they need.

To find out more about Pension Credit, get help with claiming it, or see if there is any other help available, please contact us on: 01942 709709 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange to speak to one of our advisers.