Blind peoplel can claim TV licence reduction

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People in Ballymoney who are registered blind (severely sight impaired), or living with someone who is, should ensure they are claiming a 50 per cent reduction on the cost of their TV Licence, TV Licensing said today.

By joining forces with Royal National Institute of Blind People NI (RNIB NI) and other organisations across the UK providing support to people with sight loss, TV Licensing is working to make sure anyone who is eligible to receive the concession is aware and takes advantage of the reduced fee.

There are more than 39,700 blind concessionary licences in force throughout the UK, including more than 15 in Ballymoney.

Live-in carers or family members could also benefit from the concession, as once in place the licence covers any equipment used to watch or record TV at the address, including TVs, laptops, tablets and games consoles. A blind concession TV Licence costs £72.75 for colour and £24.50 for a black and white TV Licence.

If you live with someone who is registered as blind (severely sight-impaired), and already have a full fee TV Licence in your name, you can transfer the licence to the name of the person who is severely sight-impaired. It’s easy to apply, either by filling in an online form at tvlicensing.co.uk/blind or by contacting TV Licensing on 0300 790 6112.

Those who use a digital box to produce sounds do not require a TV Licence, provided it cannot display TV programmes. Anyone who does not watch or record live TV on any device can let TV Licensing know by completing an online declaration at tvlicensing.co.uk/notv.

Anyone with sight problems can get TV Licensing information by email or in Braille, large print or audio by calling 0300 555 0300. An audio podcast is available online at audioboom.com/tvlicensing.