The Licence Fee Increases to £150.50

From 1 April 2018, the cost of the annual licence fee will increase from £147.00 to £150.50.
In 2016, the Government announced that the licence fee would rise in line with inflation for five years from 1 April 2017. Last year, the fee increased for the first time since 2010.

The new licence fee amount equates to just £2.89 a week or £12.54 a month. For that, the BBC provides 9 national TV channels plus regional programming, 10 national radio stations, 40 local radio stations and one of the UK’s most popular websites.
  • A colour licence will now cost £150.50 (currently £147).
  • A black and white licence will cost £50.50 (currently £49.50).
  • If the customer is blind (severely sight impaired), they will still be able to apply for a 50% concession. This means a colour licence will cost £75.25 (currently £73.50).
  • There will be no change to the free over 75 TV licence.
  • The cost of Accommodation for Residential Care (ARC) concessionary licences won’t change. These licences are available to people living in certain types of residential care.
Customers who are already buying a licence on an instalment scheme which started before 1 April – such as monthly direct debit or weekly cash payments – will continue to make payments totalling £147 (for a colour licence) until their licence comes up for renewal.

We are currently advising licence fee payers due to renew in March to pay on time so that they will pay the current rate of £147. Those buying a new licence before 1 April will also pay the current rate. Find out more here.