Blind are urged to claim concession

Anybody in Hastings who is registered as blind or severely sight impaired, or lives with someone who is, should make sure they are claiming a 50 per cent reduction on the cost of their TV licence, TV Licensing said this week.

By joining forces with Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) 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 25 in Hastings.

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.

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 about the concession is available online at audioboom.com/tvlicensing.