Blind South Yorkshire residents can apply for 50 per cent discount on TV licence

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Anyone in South Yorkshire who is registered as blind or lives with someone who is, can claim a 50 per cent reduction on the cost of their TV Licence.

There are more than 39,700 blind concessionary licences in force throughout the UK.

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.

A spokesman for TV Licensing in Yorkshire said: “We are pleased to be working with the Royal National Institute of Blind People to ensure everyone eligible for the concession is claiming the discount they are entitled to.

“Anyone who is registered as blind or 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.”

Jamie Dormandy, head of customer service and support at the RNIB, said: “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 and the increasing range of assistive software for tablets and laptops making it easier than ever to enjoy programmes at the touch of a button.

“We would encourage people registered with severe sight loss to take advantage of the reduced TV Licence if they haven’t already done so.”

If you live with someone who is registered as blind 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.

This can be done either by filling in an online form at 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.

Anyone who does not watch or record live TV on any device can let TV Licensing know by completing an online declaration at

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