Wednesday, 1 March 2017

TV Licence fee to rise in April 2017

The UK's annual television licence fee is to rise to £147 from £145.50, the government has announced.
The increase, which will come into effect on 1 April, marks the first rise in the licence fee since 2010. In October that year, the coalition government announced the fee would be frozen at £145.50 until 31 March 2017.

Last year, the government announced that it would rise in line with inflation from April 2017 for the next five years.
The Government is responsible for setting the level of the licence fee, which covers all BBC services and contributes to the costs of rolling out broadband to the UK population.

Licence fee payers will receive a payment plan or a reminder reflecting the new amount when their licence is next due for renewal, the BBC said in a statement.
Those buying or renewing a licence after 1 April will pay the new fee.
Those already buying a licence on an instalment scheme which started before 1 April will continue to make payments totalling £145.50 until their licence comes up for renewal.