HUDDERSFIELD pensioners have been reminded that they’re due an extra birthday present when they turn 75 – a free TV licence.
More than 387,100 people in England are due to turn 75 this year – and hundreds of people in Huddersfield will be entitled to a free TV licence for their main address.
There are currently more than 11,700 free TV licences in force in Huddersfield.
With some 4.9m adults over the age of 75 living in the UK, TV Licensing is encouraging those able to claim the concession to apply online or by phone.
Eligible people can register online at www.tvlicensing.co.uk/over75 or by calling 0300 7906073.
Anyone aged 74 or over can begin planning for the concession by applying for a short-term licence which will last between one and 11 months.
Janet Morrison, chief executive of Independent Age, said the organisation worked with TV Licensing throughout the year to ensure older people and community advice groups were aware of the concession.
She said: “We know from experience just how much many older people value their TVs.
“For many, television is a great source of information and fun, but for those who find it difficult to get out and about due to ill health or mobility problems, it can also be a much-needed source of company.
“We urge all people over 75 to remember to apply for their free TV licence.”