Free TV for older viewers


Almost half a million people could apply for a free TV Licence over the next 12 months, as more than 460,000 people across the UK celebrate their 75th birthday.

TV Licensing is reminding anyone aged 75 or over in Bo’ness, Linlithgow or Queensferry, they are eligible for a free TV Licence for their main address, as part of a month-long awareness campaign launched this week.

Over four million people across the UK are already enjoying the benefits of the concession, including over 950 in Bo’ness and a further 920 in Linlithgow, which applies to anyone 75 or over regardless of income, or anyone living with someone aged 75 or over.

Although the concession is free, it must be applied for in order for the address to be correctly licensed.

Brian Sloan, Age Scotland Chief Executive, said: “Television can be an important source of news, entertainment, and information for older people. We certainly encourage everyone 75 and older to apply for their free TV Licence.

It’s quick and easy to apply. You’ll just need your National Insurance number to hand, or another proof of age if you don’t have one.

If you’re applying on behalf of someone else, make sure you have their details ready. To apply, call the dedicated over 75 team on 0300 790 6154 or visit