Sight-impaired urged to get TV concession

Sight-impaired urged to get TV concession

Sight-impaired urged to get TV concession

First published in Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

BLIND or severely sight-impaired people in Southampton are reminded to claim a 50 per cent reduction on their annual TV licence.

A blind concession TV licence costs £72.75 for colour while a black and white one is priced at £24.50.

TV Licensing has been working with RNIB and support groups to make sure eligible people are aware of the concession.

Martin Dyan, spokesman for TV Licensing London and South East, said: “If you live with someone who is severely sight-impaired, they are entitled to a blind concession TV licence which is half the price of a full fee licence. “This will cover you, as well as anyone else living in your household. There also many ways to pay – online with a debit card, monthly or quarterly direct debit, over-the-counter and by phone or post.

“TV Licensing welcomes the chance to work with RNIB to ensure people are aware of the concession they may be entitled to.”

Andy Barrick, head of membership and information services at RNIB, said: “Some blind people, and their families, may not be aware that they are eligible to claim a 50 per cent reduction in the cost of their TV licence. “TV continues to be a popular form of entertainment for many people with sight loss, thanks in part to recent improvements in talking TV programme guides. “We would encourage blind people to apply for their reduced TV licence if they haven’t already done so.”

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