Visually impaired Montrosians urged to apply for TV license concessions.

Visually impaired Montrosians have been urged to apply for TV license concessions.
Visually impaired Montrosians have been urged to apply for TV license concessions.

Anybody in Montrose who is registered as blind (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 today.

By joining forces with [Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Scotland and 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 10 in Montrose. More than 18,940 people in Scotland are registered as blind (severely sight impaired) and could apply for the concession.

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.

Claire Wotherspoon, spokesperson for TV Licensing Scotland said: “We are pleased to be working with RNIB Scotland to ensure everyone eligible for the concession is claiming the discount they are entitled to. Anyone who is registered as blind (severely sight-impaired), or lives with someone who is, can apply for a blind concession TV Licence which is half the price of a full fee licence. This will also cover anyone else living in the household. There are still many ways to pay for a concessionary licence- including online with a debit or credit card, monthly or quarterly direct debit, at any PayPoint outlet, and by phone or post.”

If you live with someone who is registered as blind (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. It’s easy to apply, either by filling in an online form at tvlicensing.co.uk/blind or by contacting TV Licensing on 0300 790 6112.

Those who use a digital box to produce sounds do not require a TV Licence, provided it cannot display TV programmes.