TV and telephone costs
You can get a free TV licence if you’re 75 or over and a discount if you’re blind or in residential care.
If you are registered blind with your local authority or live with someone who is, you qualify for a 50% reduction in the cost of your television licence. The licence has to be in the blind person’s name - if it isn’t, you can transfer it by calling TV Licensing on the number below.
For more details, contact TV Licensing website information on reductions for blind or severely sight impaired customers on: 0300 790 6071
Update July 2016: The law is changing. From 1 September 2016, you'll need a TV licence to watch or download BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV, on BBC iPlayer.
For more information, see the TV Licensing website information on BBC iPlayer and the TV licence
If you are registered as disabled, or if you get the following benefits, you might qualify for the BT Basic scheme. BT Basic gives you a reduced price on your British Telecom (BT) telephone line rental and a small free call allowance every three months.
You can usually get BT Basic if you're claiming one of these benefits and are the named telephone account holder:
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Pension Credit (Guaranteed Credit)
Income-related Employment Support Allowance
Universal Credit (and are on zero earnings).
For more details, see the BT Basic information on the BT website (link opens in a new window) or contact BT on 0800 800 864
Last updated: 19 July 2016