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Blind people urged to claim concession

Help is available for those who are severely sight-impaired.

Help is available for those who are severely sight-impaired.

Anybody in the Forfar area who is severely sight-impaired (blind), or lives with someone who is, should make sure they are claiming their 50 per cent reduction in the cost of their annual TV Licence, said TV Licensing this week.

TV Licensing has been working with RNIB and groups which support people who are severely sight-impaired across the UK to make sure anyone who is eligible to receive the concession is aware and takes advantage of the reduced TV Licence fee.

Last year more than 37,400 blind concessionary licences were issued in the UK, including over 10 in Forfar.

Live-in carers or family members could also benefit from the concession. A blind concession TV Licence costs £72.75 for colour and £24.50 for a black and white TV Licence.

Stephen Farmer, spokesperson for TV Licensing Scotland 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 are also many ways to pay - online with a debit or credit 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.”

If you live with someone who is 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. To do this, fill in the form available at tvlicensing.co.uk/blind or contact TV Licensing on 0300 790 0366.

Those who use a digital box used to produce sounds only, and provided it cannot display TV programmes, would not require a TV Licence. 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/nln. 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 at audioboo.com/tvlicensing

 

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