From 1 June 2020, some three million people will lose their right to a free TV licence.
That’s after the BBC announced homes with people over the age of 75 will no longer qualify for free licences from 2020 – unless the older person is in receipt of pensions credit.
The move comes after the Government announced it would no longer fund the benefit and the BBC started looking at what they could do.
BBC chairman David Clementi said: "Copying the current scheme was ultimately untenable.”
He added: "Linking a free licence for over 75s to Pension Credit was the leading reform option. It protects the poorest over 75s, while protecting the services that they, and all audiences, love.
“It is the fairest and best outcome. It is one we can implement and endorse. This is an outcome that is the fairest possible in difficult circumstances."
“The Government could of course choose to step in and close the gap from their own resources.”
Caroline Abrahams, Age UK's charity director, said: "Make no mistake, if this scheme goes ahead we are going to see sick and disabled people in their eighties and nineties who are completely dependent on their cherished TV for companionship and news, forced to give it up.
But who can claim them now, and are there any other ways to save on the your licence fee?
Who can get a free licence now
As things stand, if you or anyone living at your address is over 75 – you can apply for a free over-75s licence on the TV Licensing website .
People who are 75 will remain fully covered by their existing free licence until 31 May 2020.
In fact, if you’re 74 you can get a short-term TV Licence to cover you until your 75th birthday – meaning a discount on the full amount.
In the past three financial years just under £38million has been reclaimed by people who kept paying when they could have stopped, according to an investigation by MoneySavingExpert .
You can claim by calling TV Licensing on 0300 790 6130 or via its website. You’ll need to provide your national insurance number, name, address and date of birth.
Once TV Licensing has worked out how much you are owed, you will get it back via bank transfer or cheque. You can also claim for a licence holder if you have Power of Attorney for them.
TV Licensing will also issue refunds to the estate of a deceased person who has paid for a TV Licence when they would have been entitled to a free over-75 licence.
There are also other ways to pay less for your TV licence.
For example, anyone who’s blind (severely sight impaired) can get half price TV licences .
That also means, anyone who lives with someone who is registered as sight-impaired can also get their TV licence for half price too, if they transfer it to the blind person’s name.
Apply by filling in an online form at tvlicensing.co.uk/blind or by contacting TV Licensing on 0300 790 6112.
There are also more than 7,000 people in UK are still watching television in black and white, more than 50 years after the advent of colour programming.
Black and while licences cost £52, more than £100 cheaper than a full licence.
Care home residents can also qualify for a discount – costing just £7.50. However, residents, staff and residents' families all need a separate licence for their own living area.
Oh, and if you're not watching or recording live TV, you don't need a licence.
So catch-up TV, streaming or downloading programmes after they've been shown or programmes available online before being shown on TV don’t count – as long as they’re not on iPlayer .
But if you watch or record any live TV – no matter the device – you need one.
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