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TV licence fees to rise from April

The cost of a standard colour TV licence will rise to £154.50 from 1 April – an increase of £4.

The cost of an annual black and white licence will rise from £50.50 to £52.

Those already buying a licence on an instalment scheme which started before 1 April 2019, such as monthly direct debit or weekly cash payments, will continue to make payments totalling £150.50 until their licence comes up for renewal.

And those who are blind (severely sight impaired) are entitled to a 50% discount. From 1 April 2019, this amount will be £77.25.

Over-75s can continue to get their licences for free for now, although there have been suggestions this could end in 2020.

If your TV licence expires in March, it's especially important to renew before 1 April, so you don't pay the increased cost. If you're getting a new licence, you should also do this before 1 April to ensure you pay the lower amount.

Not sure if you need a TV licence? See our 20+ TV licence tips.

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