Residents in the Forfar area who are registered as blind (severely sight impaired), or live with someone who is, should make sure they are claiming a 50 per cent reduction on the cost of their TV Licence, TV Licensing have said.
By joining forces with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Scotland and other organisations across the UK providing support to people with sight loss, TV Licensing is working to make sure anyone who is eligible to receive the concession is aware and takes advantage of the reduced fee.
There are more than 39,700 blind concessionary licences in force throughout the UK, including 15 in Forfar.
More than 18,940 people in Scotland are registered as blind (severely sight impaired) and could apply for the concession.
Live-in carers or family members could also benefit from the concession, as once in place the licence covers any equipment used to watch or record TV at the address, including TVs, laptops, tablets and games consoles.
A blind concession TV Licence costs £72.75 for colour and £24.50 for a black and white TV Licence.
Claire Wotherspoon, spokesperson for TV Licensing Scotland said: “We are pleased to be working with RNIB Scotland to ensure everyone eligible for the concession is claiming the discount they are entitled to.
“Anyone who is registered as blind (severely sight-impaired), or lives with someone who is, can apply for a blind concession TV Licence which is half the price of a full fee licence. This will also cover anyone else living in the household. There are still many ways to pay for a concessionary licence- including online with a debit or credit card, monthly or quarterly direct debit, at any PayPoint outlet, and by phone or post.”
Ian Brown, RNIB Scotland said: “We know that many blind and partially sighted people live on low incomes, either because they have more limited employment opportunities or are retired. So it is vital they are made aware of what help is available to them to make their money go further. The TV license concession is an important one. With more programmes being audio-described, television is now much more accessible to those with sight loss.”
If you live with someone who is registered as blind (severely sight-impaired), and already have a full fee TV Licence in your name, you can transfer the licence to the name of the person who is severely sight-impaired. It’s easy to apply, either by filling in an online form at tvlicensing.co.uk/blind or by contacting TV Licensing on 0300 790 6112.
Those who use a digital box to produce sounds do not require a TV Licence, provided it cannot display TV programmes. Anyone who does not watch or record live TV on any device can let TV Licensing know by completing an online declaration at tvlicensing.co.uk/notv.
Anyone with sight problems can get TV Licensing information by email or in Braille, large print or audio by calling 0300 555 0300. An audio podcast about the concession is available online at audioboom.com/tvlicensing