Television Licences: Disability

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 21st June 2021.

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Photo of Olivia Blake Olivia Blake Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of offering free TV licences to people who live at home and receive full time care.

Photo of John Whittingdale John Whittingdale Minister of State

TV Licence concessions are available to people who are registered blind or severely sight impaired, and people living in qualifying residential care who are disabled or over 60 years old. The BBC also has responsibility for the over 75s concession which it has restricted to those on pension credit.

There are no further concessions available for people with disabilities or other health conditions, and we are not considering making changes to the current concessions regime at this time.

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