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Free TV licences for most over-75s will end on August 1, the BBC announced.

It means that more than three million households will be asked to start paying a fee to watch shows on a TV or online.

Exceptions will be made only for households where someone receives the Pension Credit benefit.

The broadcaster was due to introduce means-testing at the start of last month, but it was delayed until August because of the coronavirus.

The changes will come in at the beginning of August (PA)

How much does a TV licence cost?

There are two different main tariffs depending on what TV set you have.

If you have a colour TV it will cost you £157.50 per year and if you have a black and white set it will cost you £53 per annum.

If you don’t want to pay the amount all in one got you can set up a direct debit at either a monthly or quarterly rate.

 The licence applies to TV and online (Carl Court/Getty Images)

By using the instalment option however, you may be subject to an additional small fee.

There is also a tariff for people who are severely sight impaired.

If you can provide proof of your condition, you are entitled to a 50 per cent discount.

Whatever your situation, if you live in a care home a member of staff will be able to help you apply for any discounts.

Will I need to leave my home to sort out my free TV licence or pay for one?

TV Licensing says that no-one will need to leave their home, to claim a free TV Licence or to pay for one.

How do you pay?

People will have the option to able to pay in one go by cheque, debit/credit card or annual direct debit, set up a monthly direct debit or pay through the 75+ Plan which allows them to make smaller more regular payments including weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

What if I am not online?

Customers who would prefer not to pay online will have the option to use a different method including mailing a cheque, paying by card on the phone or by cash/card at their nearest PayPoint.

How do I claim a free TV licence?

Pensioners must be in receipt of Pension Credit to apply for a free licence.

Information on how to claim will be sent to customers from next month.

TV Licensing says it is operating a “self-verification system” for people to “simply” demonstrate that they receive Pension Credit.

Pension Credit can be in the name of the licence holder, or in their partner’s name if they are a couple and TV Licensing say it is writing to all over 75s to explain how they can demonstrate they receive the benefit.

It says 450,000 have already applied for a free licence under this scheme.

How many people will be eligible for a free TV licence?

The BBC said around 1.5 million households with residents aged over 75 will be eligible for a free TV Licence funded by the BBC if they receive Pension Credit.

Do I need to act now?

TV Licensing said it will write directly to over-75s customers with guidance and no immediate action is required.

 The BBC said it could no longer afford to cover the cost for all over-75s (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

It also said people “will be given plenty of time to set up their new licence”.

What if I need extra support?

TV Licensing says it has increased the size of its customer call centre and launched a free telephone information line with recorded information on the new policy and advice to customers (0800 232 1382).

Information and frequently asked questions can also be found on the TV Licensing website,

TV Licensing says it worked with the Alzheimer’s Society and other groups working with older people to ensure that needs of vulnerable older people have been taken into consideration