Reminder: The Cost of Your TV Licence is Going Up at the End of the Month

By Tom Pritchard on at

Last year saw the price of the TV Licence go up for the first time since 2010, rising a whole £1.50 from £145.50 to £147. Well the bad news is that it's rising again this year, and from 1st April anyone buying a TV Licence will have to pay £150.50 instead of £147.

As annoying as it might be to have to pay more for the privilege of watching television, £3.50 is less than a penny a day so it's not the worse price hike in the world. Two of Netflix's subscription plans rose by 50p and £1 a month last year, after all. Don't expect this year's price hike to be the last, though, because the government has said that the Licence fee would rise with inflation for five years - meaning we have at least three more years of increases on the way.

The good news is that the TV Licencing people have confirmed some people can renew their licence early, saving themselves the extra money until it's time to renew again. Apparently 300,000 households are eligible, and all you need to do is make sure you get your renewal in before the end of this month. That only gives you four and a half days, though, so make sure you're quick about it.

Obviously all the rules about what the TV Licence are for stay the same, with the law saying you need one if you watch or stream live TV, or if you use BBC iPlayer's catch-up services.