TV Licensing is working in partnership with St. Leger Homes to help ensure that people in Doncaster are aware of when they legally need a TV Licence. Put simply, you need to be covered by a valid TV Licence to receive or record television programmes as they are being broadcast. This is the case whether you are receiving the programmes via TV or any other device, such as a mobile phone or a PC.

If you don’t have a TV licence you risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000. However, TV Licensing understands that some people find it hard to pay the annual fee of £145.50 for a colour TV licence, or £49 for a black and white TV licence, in one go, and for this reason there are a number of different ways to pay.

The TV Licensing payment card is designed to help anyone who would prefer to make regular small cash payments either weekly or fortnightly.  Those using the payment card can pay over-the-counter at any of the more than 21,000 PayPoint outlets across the UK, or over the phone. Since November 2008 those using a payment card have also been able to pay and check their account status online at www.tvlicensing.co.uk/cashplans or via text message using a credit or debit card, making it easier than ever before to spread the cost of a licence.

Don’t forget that if you are aged 75 or over you are eligible for a free licence and short term licences are available for people aged 74. Those who are blind or severely sight impaired are entitled to 50% off the licence fee.

If English isn’t your first language, then TV Licensing offers literature in 18 different languages and a telephone translation service in over 170 languages. To use the translation service, please call 0844 800 6728.

If you would like more information, or to buy a licence, please call 0844 800 6737 or visit http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/