Free TV licences available for those aged 75 and over

PEOPLE in Forfar and Kirriemuir who are over 75 are reminded that they are entitled to a free TV licence.

With than 40,844 people in Scotland due to turn 75 this year, TV Licensing and Age Scotland are reminding older people locally that they will be entitled to a free TV licence on their 75th birthday.

There are currently more than 1,500 free TV licences in Forfar and more than 500 in Kirriemuir and with some 4.9 million adults over the age of 75 living in the UK, TV Licensing is encouraging those able to claim the concession to apply online or by ‘phone.

Eligible people can register online at or by calling 0300 790 6073. The free licence will cover all the equipment in the property, meaning family or carers living in the same home could also benefit.

Anyone aged 74 or over can begin planning for the concession immediately by applying for a short-term licence which will last between one and 11 months.

Communications and campaign officer Doug Anthoney of Age Scotland said the organisation worked with TV Licensing throughout the year to ensure older people and community advice groups were aware of the concession.

He said: “We would encourage everyone who is eligible to take up this offer.

“With living costs continuing to rise it’s good to know that there are still some things that can be enjoyed for free.”

Fergus Reid, spokesperson for TV Licensing Scotland, said the application process was simple, with additional support available for anyone needing help to apply.

The free licence is not granted automatically so anybody who becomes eligible needs to make sure they remember to apply by getting in touch with TV Licensing directly. Customers with a free licence should contact TV Licensing if there is a change to their details.