TV licence fee to increase from April 1 – but millions can avoid price rise

The TV licence fee is rising yet again.

From Thursday (April 1), the cost will jump from £157.50 to £159 impacting many Brits who enjoy watching telly.

There is an annual fee to pay for those who are watching live TV or BBC iPlayer on any device.

As for household bills, this fee increase means Brits will have to pay £3.05 each week, up from £3.03.

The cost of an annual black and white licence will rise from £53 to £53.50.

This fee was set out by the government and has risen in line with inflation every year since 2017.

Telly fans will be paying an extra £13.50 a year compared to 2016 when the annual charge was set at £145.50.

Anyone buying or renewing a licence after April 1, 2021, will be impacted by the new charges.

But Brits who have started paying the fee in instalments will continue to pay the lower charge until their licence is up for renewal.

And payers can dodge the increased fees by renewing their licence before March 31 (tomorrow) locking them into the lower rate.

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You don't need to pay for a TV licence if you only watch streaming services, like Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime.

However if you're caught watching BBC live or its iPlayer catch up service, you will be visited by TV licensing officers.

Those who don't pay the annual charges risk a hefty £1,000 fine with jail sentences possible for anyone who refuses to pay.

For more information on the fees, you can visit the TV licensing website.

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