Apply for Employment and Support Allowance in the UK (ESA)

Employment and Support Allowance in the UK

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) is a social benefit that helps ill or disabled workers to finance their cost of living. However, for those workers who have the possibility to return to work in near future, the scheme has additional provision for personalised assistance.

Regular employees, self-employed persons, students as well as unemployed citizens are all covered under this support program. A transition to ESA from other social benefits is also possible.

However, your application for ESA benefit claim is accepted and processed only when you submit a Work Capability Assessment report. If the report finds you enough capable of working, your application is going to be cancelled. You’ll be then accommodated in a support group or in an activity group.

What are the different types of ESA?

  1. Contribution-based ESA is a support allowance for those who have already made sizeable National Insurance contributions.
  2. Income-based ESA, on the other hand, is independent of the contribution, if any, that you have made. It is added to your contribution-based ESA if your income is below a certain level.
  3. New Style ESA. This ESA is for single persons living in Scotland, Wales and England. Families too can claim this ESA if they are located anywhere in the Universal Credit area.

Workers Applying for ESA

  • Your age is under state pension age. That means, you must not be born before 6th April 1953 (for female applicants) or 6th April 1951 (for male applicants).
  • You are not receiving social benefits like jobseekers’ allowance.
  • You are not enjoying on-the-job benefits like Statutory Maternity Pay and Statutory Sick Pay.
  • You are not under immigration control and your visa doesn’t say No Recourse to Public Funds. If your visa doesn’t permit you but you still want to apply for ESA benefit claim, first talk to your nearest local Citizens Advice.
  • Students can also apply for ESA claim if they are currently on Personal Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance.
  • English or Irish citizens who are living and working abroad are also entitled to the benefits subject to certain restrictions.

Use this Benefits Calculator to further check your eligibility.

What are the ESA benefit rates?

When you apply for Employment and Support Allowance, you don’t know how much you are going to get or whether you are getting it at all. ESA benefit rates vary from one beneficiary to another. Many factors are taken into consideration like age, financial condition, the degree of disability or illness etc.

Employment and Support Allowances

  • Maximum £57.90 weekly if your age is below 25 years.
  • Maximum £73.10 weekly if your age is 25 years or more.

Only after 13 such weeks, the real ESA benefit rates apply. Depending on the group in which you’re included, you’re going to get either:

  • Maximum £109.30 weekly (Support Group) or
  • Maximum £102.15 weekly (Activity Group)

An extra weekly premium of £15.75 is paid to people who are in the support group and are getting income-related benefits. For complex disabilities, the rate is £61.85 weekly.  In the case of extreme financial hardships, there is also the provision of hardship payment.

For receiving the benefits, provide either your bank account number, your credit union number or your building society account number. The payment is going to come twice a month.

However, don’t take these payments as granted. Your ESA benefit rates can be significantly reduced if you don’t adhere to the agreed terms. In case this happens to you, immediately get in touch with your local council for advice.

How to apply for Employment and Support Allowance?

There are, in fact, two very easy processes to apply for ESA benefit claim. One is by calling the concerned authority and the other is by filling the appropriate form. It is eventually not possible to apply for ESA online. If you are filling up the form you must submit it manually to the concerned authority.

Apply for ESA by Phone

This is the easiest and quickest option to get your ESA benefit claim reviewed. However, depending on the type of ESA you are applying, you have to choose the relevant contact details.

  • For income-related and contribution-based ESA, use the ESA free number 0800 055 6688.
  • For the Welsh ESA free number, use 0800 012 1888.
  • Those applying for new style ESA must choose from the two more alternative phone numbers, 0345 600 0723 and 0345 600 4272.

If your area is not included in these two categories and if you are living with your family, try applying for a different type of ESA. If you are single, seek guidance calling the live service number.

You can also call these numbers to ask for an application form in large print, audio cd or in Braille.

Apply for ESA Filling in the Form

This is the mandatory step to apply for Employment and Support Allowance. You find the ESA1 from on the website of Department of Work and Pension. You can download it, fill in the soft copy and then print it out. Alternatively, you can print it first and then fill it with a pen. In any case, you have to submit it to your nearest Jobcentre Plus Office.

In addition to this form, some people need to submit the ESA50 form, which is a questionnaire about applicant’s health condition or disability. In some cases, a medical certificate must also be submitted. You need to submit these documents only if Department for Work and Pensions asks you to do so.

Before starting to fill in the form, read the instructions carefully.

The form contains information on how to and where to send the application.It also includes a full guide on ESA benefits and eligibility criteria. Read this and start filling in the form.The subsequent pages ask for information on yourself and your partner and also on your disability or illness.

Employment and Support Allowance

Employment and Support Allowance

You must also give the specifics about your claim, about your past working life etc.Don’t forget to fill the relevant section if you are currently working and living in any other country.

Employment and Support Allowance

If you’re an immigrant, please fill the required section.

Employment and Support Allowance

The department also wants to know if you’re receiving any other type of special or job-related benefits.While deciding on your claim, the department is also going to review your educational background and skills, your residential and family conditions etc.Lastly,  furnish details of your bank or any other money transaction account, so that the payouts reach you.

Employment and Support Allowance

Other than submitting the form to the job centre, you can also post it directly to Department for Work and Pensions. However, the evaluation of the application is a lengthy process, sometimes taking even a year to complete.

Note: Those applying for both types of ESA benefits, must fill in both the relevant sections of the form for him/herself and also for the partner.

After starting to receive ESA benefit claim, if you, at any point of time, relocate to Northern Ireland, make sure you inform the ESA centre. They are going to change and update your location. If you fail to do this, your benefits are going to be stopped.

Apply for ESA in Northern Ireland

Are you currently in Northern Ireland? Find out the procedure to apply for ESA claim in Northern Ireland.

The procedure is pretty similar to that in the UK. You can either call the ESA center or send them a text message. Alternatively, fill the ESA form and send it to the following address:

Mail Opening Unit

PO Box 42

Limavady

BT49 4AN

For telephone or text message, the relevant numbers are:

Telephone: 0800 085 6318

Text phone: 0800 328 3419

General enquiry: 0845 602 7301 and 0300 123 3012

ESA benefit rates and everything else regarding the application procedure remain same also in Northern Ireland.

What documents are needed to apply for ESA claim?

To apply for ESA claim, you must have the following information and copies of documents ready to submit:

  • Your mobile number and your home contact number
  • Address of the GP and also its phone number
  • Your unique National Insurance number
  • Your bank details
  • Information on any other financial benefit that you are receiving
  • Medical certificate describing and proving your illness or disability
  • Your employer’s address and contact number along with the first and last date of employment
  • Mortgage or rent details, if any and
  • Council tax bill

What to do if the application is declined?

You can request the Department for Work and Pensions to reconsider your application. However, you must do this within a month from receiving the first cancellation letter. If such reconsideration doesn’t bring about favourable results, you can make an appeal to The Social Security and Child Support Tribunal.

How to Apply for Personal Independence Payment UK (PIP)

What is a Personal Independence Payment (PIP)?

Personal Independence Payment is a relief to those suffering from long-term physical or mental disability or illness. The payment comes to ease your everyday financial hardship. However, to make a PIP claim, your age must be within 16 to 64 years.

If you’re currently on Disability Living Allowance, use this PIP checker to know when it is the time to apply for Personal Independence Payment. The same tool tells you if your immediate family member or someone under your care is going to be affected by this transition. No need to bother if you don’t belong to the PIP age group.

Personal Independence Payment

What is the PIP benefit rate?

It is the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) that decides the rate of your PIP benefit and its duration. However, people with terminal illness are sure to get minimum £82.30 weekly at least for three consecutive years.

The rate of benefit is not dependent on the severity of illness rather on the degree of sufferings that you experience due to this illness. The benefit is also not affected by your income or by any other financial assistance you are receiving.

You are likely to get a weekly rate between £21.80 and £139.75. This rate, however, can vary during the course of your illness. Your working ability will be regularly assessed and the rate will be accordingly adjusted to ensure that you are getting the right amount of assistance.

The benefit amount consists of two parts: one to meet the daily living requirements and the other is to ensure mobility. The department is going to assess whether you’ll get the regular or enhanced rate of these payments. Irrespective of the rate you get, be happy that it is not going to be taxed.

The frequency of payment is usually every 4 weeks. However, people with terminal disability or illness can ask for more frequent payouts.

In your PIP confirmation letter, it will be clearly written how much and how long you are going to get the benefits. The department informs you well ahead when it is the time to stop the payment. If you’re planning to make another PIP claim, do it at least 6 months before the last payment. It takes some time to process a new PIP claim.

Note: After the assessment, if it is found that you need a regular carer, the carer will also receive Carer’s Allowance.

The payments come directly into your account, be it a bank account or any type of other money transaction account.

Personal Independence Payment

Who are eligible to make a PIP claim?

Those who are terminally ill are the best suitable persons to apply for PIP claim. In addition, a long-term illness or disability that have started at least 3 months earlier and is going to last for another 9 months makes you eligible to apply for PIP payment.

You can apply for PIP payment if

  • You suffer from any type of long-term disability or illness that interferes with your daily living and mobility.
  • You are aged between 16 to 64 years.
  • You currently live in Great Britain. Servicemen in armed forces and their families are exempted from this rule.
  • In the past 3 years, you lived in Great Britain for at least 2 years in total.
  • You are a habitual resident of Ireland, UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
  • You are not under immigration control (exception: sponsored immigrants).

People relocating from an EEA country or from Switzerland are also covered by this program.

By daily living difficulties, the department indicates:

  • Difficulty in preparing one’s own food and in eating it.
  • Difficulty in using the toilet, in bathing, washing etc.
  • Inability to dress or undress without help.
  • Difficulty in managing own medicines and keeping track of the treatment.
  • Problems in reading and communication.
  • Inability to handle money.
  • Difficulty in going along with other people.

According to DWP, you have mobility difficulties if you cannot move or go outside without help.

PIP Payments

How to apply for PIP benefit?

It is eventually not possible to apply for PIP online. Your available options are

  • Calling directly the department and filling the PIP1 form over the phone.
  • Calling the department, requesting for the form, filling the form at home and sending it back through the post.
  • Applying in British Sign Language.

PIP

Apply for PIP by Phone

You can call the PIP free number 0800 917 2222 to apply for a PIP form. One of the department representatives there is going to take the call. He/she will fill in the form for you asking you to provide required details. The entire process ends in around 20 minutes.

If you have a problem speaking in the English language, send a textphone message at 0800 917 7777. Alternatively, you can ask somebody else to talk to the representative on your behalf. However, such inability may have influence on department’s decision.

Apply for PIP by Post

You can also write to the department asking for the form. Once the form is in place, fill it carefully providing exact information. Along with the form, there will also be a guide telling you how to fill in the form.

For this postal communication, the address is:

Personal Independence Payment New Claims
Post Handling Site B
Wolverhampton
WV99 1AH

Apply for PIP with British Sign Language

You can also avail the British Sign Language (BSL) video relay service. However, at first, make sure you are eligible to do this. If yes, click on this link to use the service.

In this procedure, you are going to be connected to a sign language expert using the video link. He then communicates all that you are saying to a DWP representative.

You can also request to send you the form in rather less common formats like large print, Braille, audio CD etc.

No matter which procedure you choose to apply for Personal Independence Payment, have the following information ready to fill in the form:

  • Your name, residential address, contact number
  • Your date of birth
  • Details of your bank account or any other money transaction account
  • Information on your doctor or medical assistance provider
  • Information on your stay, if any, in any hospital or nursing home
  • Your unique National Insurance Number
  • Information on your stay abroad, if any

Tip: There is eventually a two weeks delay between the time you request for the form and the form actually reaches you. Make use of the time to arrange all the above-listed information. Otherwise, you are going to experience unnecessary delay. In worst case, your application can be declined.

Once the application procedure is complete, the department starts assessing your PIP claim. You will be asked to meet a medical practitioner whom DWP appoints to examine your health condition. Depending on the results of your medical examination, your claim will either be accepted or declined.

If you’re terminally ill, make the department know that. For that, you have to send the department a DS1500 form duly filled in. This form is available with any registered medical practitioner in your locality.

If PIP Declines Your Application

The decision letter comes usually after 3 weeks from the date of medical examination. If the decision is not in your favor, you can make an appeal for an additional review. This must be done within one month from the date of receiving the decision letter.

Go step-by-step:

  1. Contact the department to discuss their decision. The letter you’ll receive will clearly state the reason behind such unfavorable decision. On the basis of this, try to arrange a meeting with the department and provide additional document to influence the decision.
  2. If such discussion doesn’t produce any fruitful result, ask for mandatory reconsideration. Send a letter to the department supporting your case and wait for their reply. They are going to send you a mandatory reconsideration notice. This is nothing but a form where you get the chance to defend your case once more. Where to send the form? The address is given in the form itself.

Local Contacts

To get a better understanding of the scheme, you can anytime contact your local support centre. All the relevant Personal Independence Payment contact numbers will be supplied by your support center.

You must immediately intimate the department if there are any changes in your personal circumstances.

  • Change in name, residential address, phone number etc.
  • Change of doctor.
  • Changes in the severity of illness and disability.
  • An admission in a hospital or nursing home for more than 4 weeks.
  • A visit to a foreign country for more than 13 weeks.
  • A temporary or permanent judicial custody.

For doing this, use these Personal Independence Payment contact numbers:

For any type of inquiry, call the PIP customer service number 0345 850 3322 or send a text message to 0345 601 6677. All these services are available to you on weekdays between 8 AM to 6 PM

Renew a Blue Badge in the UK

What is a Blue Badge?

Blue badge allows people with a disability to park their vehicle near to their destination. If you are disabled, you can request for a blue badge. Blue badge even helps you to travel independently to any places either as a driver or as a passenger. Normally, blue badges are given to passengers, children, and blinds and even for those having severe mobility problems. A blue badge holder gets a lot of benefit on travelling.

When to Renew a Blue Badge

Blue Badges are normally issued for a time period of three years. After that, the validity of blue badge expires and you have to renew your badge by submitting an application form. To renew a disabled Blue Badge, you will need to reapply for one and you will have to complete an application on behalf of another person and this should be with the details of the person on whose behalf you are applying for.

Eligibility for a Blue Badge

You can apply if:

• You are blind or having sight problems
• You get a Personal Independence Payment
• You get higher rate of Disability Living Allowance
• You get the War Pensions
• You receive a benefit from the Armed Forces

You cannot apply if:

• You are in a temporary condition of disability, for example, a broken hand.
• You are in a situation from which you will improve your condition or you are recovering from recent surgery or treatment.
• You have a condition that is considered to be changed.
• You have a disability, but that will not cause your ability to walk, or very considerable difficulty in walking.
• Children under two are not eligible to have a blue badge.

How to renew a Blue Badge?

Phone

You can apply for a blue badge through online or call the Blue Badge government customer service number 0300 111 8000. The process will take 4 to 8 weeks and after that, you will receive your blue badge with a one-year validity.

Online

For disabled blue badge renewal, you need to keep some documents before applying online. At the time of filling the online application, you need to provide your name, date of birth, contact number, place of birth and national insurance number. And, you will need to upload the digital copy of the following things
• Proof of eligibility
• Proof of identification
• Proof of address
• Photograph of person in the badge
• National security number
• Proof of age

Step-by-Step Blue Badge Renewal Process

Step 1 – Click on “Start Now” in order to check your eligibility before completing the online application form.

Blue Badge Renewal

Step 2 – Enter your postcode to select the local authorities responsible for issuing the blue badge in your area

Blue Badge Renewal

Step – 3 Once you have identified the local authority in charge of issuing the blue badge, select one of the options below and proceed to the next screen.
Step 4 – Apply for the renewal process online. No need to pay the fees or submit proof of documents at this point.

Step 5 – Fill in your personal details in the fields shown below.

Blue Badge Renewal

Step 6 – Your address in the “Address Details” section.

Step 7 – Followed by your contact details and vehicle details.

Step 8 – In this section, you enter the details of the existing badge that you are renewing.
Step 9 – If your application is approved, then you can pay the fees of £10.

Step 10 – If the authority decided to check your eligibility, they will call you for a direct interview.

Step 11 – If your application got rejected, then you can apply for an appeal

Step 12 – If you change your address, you need to inform the details immediately to the authority.

Blue Badge Renewal

  • In order to apply for a Blue Badge, you need to get the appropriate Blue Badge form from KMBC website or from One Stop Shops.
  • If you need to receive a qualifying benefit, you need to complete the 7-page form and provide a valid ID and photograph and submit them to the One Stop Shop along with the admin fee. The One Stop Shop will make the arrangement for your Blue Badge and it will be sent to your home address on file
  • If you do not need to receive a qualifying benefit, your mobility needs to be examined at the Center for Independent Living (CIL) along with completing a 17-page form. You also need to attend a small Mobility Assessment at the CIL and you will be gauged based on the outcome. If the outcome is positive, then you need to submit the proof of ID along with your photograph and admin fee to the One Stop Shop. Your Blue Badge will be mailed to your home address.

Payment Options

Normally Blue Badge renewal cost is £10. You can either pay the fees online or offline:

  • Visa credit card
  • Visa debit card
  • Visa electron card
  • MasterCard credit card
  • MasterCard debit card
  • Maestro/solo card

How long it takes to receive the badge?

You will receive your badge within 4 to 8 weeks after submitting your application or blue badge renewal form. It may take longer if there is any unexpected things happen in between with regards to eligibility or proof of the applicant. The delay in getting blue badge also depends on when the authorities received the request and the evidence.

Every Blue Badge application, whether it is a new applicant or a renewal applicant, is assessed on an individual basis against the Department for Transport criteria.

After completing the basic eligibility testing, you may be asked to attend a walking assessment for face to face interaction. For the renewal of Blue Badge, you should make a brief record of the expiry date of your badge and should apply five to six weeks before the badge expires.

Normally the renewal applications are submitted before the old badge expires. If the current badge contains a serial number ending in ‘R’, it shows that the badge is renewable and can apply for the card. But in both cases, the eligibility criteria need a reassessment. For that, the applicant should undergo a series of checking and finally, he will get approval from the concerned authorities. Once after you file your application, these authorities will process the application after submitting documents and payment and will contact you for any clarification.

What to do if my application got rejected?

Blue badge Applications are rejected usually because the applicant does not qualify for a badge under the strict criteria. However, if the applicant is not admitting the decision, he can write a letter to the officials within one or two months from the date on the refusal letter to request for reconsideration. In that, you must include the reasons about your eligibility, and also it should be a signed one. Applicants are responsible for providing any further evidence if required.

What If my Blue Badge is misused?

The Blue badge is only to be used by the badge holder. It is not transferable. It is a crime to allow other people to use the Blue Badge under various circumstances like:
• Keep something on your behalf such as shopping whilst you stay at home;
• If you are allowing friends or family to park for free even if they are visiting you;
• Let non-disabled people take advantage of the benefits
The maximum penalty for convicted who misused blue badge is £1,000, which includes any additional fine charges for parking offence.
If you notice anybody misusing a blue badge, you can inform through email or telephone to the concerned authorities. You can email at bluebadge.admin@lancashire.gov.uk or contact directly to the Customer Access Service on 0300 123 6736. At the time of the complaint, you should clearly give the details of the location, description of the driver or user and the badge number. All the details of the informer will be kept confidential. It will not make any problem to the informer. Blue badge holder is not supposed to transmit his badge under any circumstances as it is an offence and the person will be punished.

What will I do if my blue badge destroyed or stolen?

The authorities will issue a replacement badge if anybody lost or destroyed or damaged their blue badge. A replacement fee of £1000 and a new photograph is to be submitted at the time of application.
If the old badge is only six months valid, then you will have to submit a new application form. Otherwise, you can replace the old badge with fewer formalities.
If your badge is lost or stolen, the applicant needs to file a report with the police in order to prove that his blue badge has been lost or stolen and then provide the police crime report number to the authorities.
If your badge is faded or damaged, you can simply return it to officials and you will receive your replacement badge.

What is the procedure if a blue badge holder dies?

The blue badge must be returned to the concerned authorities with a report and the validity of the badge will get cancelled.

TV Licence Renewal in UK: Payments, Renewal, Cost, Numbers and More

Under the Communication Act of 2003, the BBC performs the job of TV licensing and collection of the associated TV licensing fee. The two major functions of TV Licensing in the UK are to process payments and to respond to queries regarding TV licensing. The organisation is also responsible for identifying people who aren’t licensed correctly and also penalising those who evade paying TV license fees. If you are planning for a TV License Renewal then this will be your helpful guide and will let you discover all the possible methods for payment of TV License Renewal fees in a hassle free and convenient way.

TV License Main Customer Care number is 0300 790 6165. You can also send your queries to enquiries@tvlicensing.co.uk. If you want to get additional information via post, then you can send all your enquiries by addressing to the Head of the BBC Management Team, Pipa Doubtfire, and send it to the TV Licensing Post Office address:

Customer Relations,
TV Licensing,
Darlington, DL98 1TL.

BBC uses contractors to manage the television licensing system, but, the ‘BBC TV Licensing Management Team’ is the overall administrator of TV Licensing in the UK, which is based at:

The Lighthouse,
BBC White City,
201 Wood Lane,
London W12 7TQ

Don’t Pay a Fine! Why do you need to renew your TV Licence?

If you wish to continue viewing live TV Channels or BBC channels on your iPlayer, then you need to renew your TV Licence. One TV Licence is applicable for one home. If you do not have/ renew your TV Licence, you would be actually breaking the law and you can be prosecuted and fined up to £1,000.

You don’t need to worry about TV licensing only if you are watching programs on services that are other than BBC iPlayer, watching DVDs, Blu-ray’s or Videos, Playing Internet Video Clips from services such as YouTube, Playing Video Games, CCTV, Watching S4C TV on demand, or renting, streaming and downloading movies from providers such as Virgin Media, Netflix, Amazon and others.

What does your TV Licence Include?

A TV licence helps you to watch as well as record all programs that are being shown live on TV or on online TV service, and additionally, watch as well as download live, catch up and on demand programs on BBC iPlayer.

  • For Main Home and Business – it covers installation and use of TV receiving equipment.
  • For Vehicle/ Boat/ Touring Caravan – it covers the current licence holder, anyone who shortly lives on the premises or anyone who works at the given premises.

What are the types of TV Licensing and how much are the TV Licensing Fees?

A standard TV Licence would cost you just £145.50 for a colour TV and £49.00 for a Black and White TV. However, you can also get your licence at a reduced cost or for free if you are over 75 years, blind or live in a residential care home. You can pay for your TV licence on a weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly basis.

  • Aged 74+ – Short term licence for 1 year. From your 75th birthday, you enjoy free TV licence.
  • Care home residents – £7.50
  • Severely Sight Impaired/ Blind – 50% reduction in TV licence fee.
  • For businesses/ hotels/ hostels/ mobile units/ campsite or hospitality areas – The fee will depend upon the number of units:
  • Up to 15 units – Only one fee of £145.50
  • For 15+ units – £145.50 for the first 15 units and then £145.50 for every additional 5 units or fewer.

How do you renew your TV Licence?

There are several ways by which you can renew your TV Licence:

  • By calling the TV Licence Main Customer Care Number 0300 790 6165.
  • By Post
  • Through ‘Paypoint’ (not available in Isle of Man or the Channel Islands)
  • By TV Licence Renewal Online on the TV Licensing Website.
  • By Direct Debit or Credit Card
  • By TV Licensing Payments or Savings Card
  • By BACS Electronic Transfer

Online

You can easily apply for new or renew your TV Licence online on www.tvlicensing.co.uk. If you need to renew your TV Licence, then you would first require keeping your TV Licence Number in handy. TV Licence number is a 10 digit number that can be found on your current TV Licence, bank statement or the email and letters sent to you by TV Licensing UK.

tv licence number example

If you possess a TV Licence Payments Card, then you can also find the 9 digit customer number and 10 digits TV Licence number on your savings or payments card.

tv licence payment card example

Image Source: www.tvlicensing.co.uk

tv licensing renewal site

  • Step 1: Click on the “Pay” tab to buy a new TV licence or renew an existing one.

 tv licensing renewal section

  • Step 2: Enter your TV Licence or Customer Number, your Last Name and the Postcode of the licensed address to sign in to your TV Licensing account.

If you haven’t yet furnished your details, then you would be required to proceed as follows:

tv licensing details

  • Step 3: Enter your name, e-mail address and telephone number on the ‘About the TV Licence Holder’ page and click on Continue.

tv licensing housing information

  • Step 4: Next, feed in your Property Name or Number and your postcode of the TV licence premises and then Click on Continue.

tv licensing fees payment

  • Step 5: Next, review the details you have furnished, and Click on Continue. Do not forget to check the TV Licence type, fee and format. By default, it is Colour, £145.50 and E-mail, respectively. If you need to change your preferences, then you can reach the TV Licence renewal team by phone.

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tv licensing monthly payment

  • Step 6: In the next step, you need to set up your payment method. Online transactions have two payment options – Direct Debit (where TV Licence Automatically Renew and payments come out of your bank on monthly, quarterly or yearly basis) or Debit/ Credit Card (Full Payment and must Renewal every year). You can use all Maestro, Visa and Mastercard for making secure payments online.

tv licensing finalizing payment

On the next part of this step, you would be required to choose your plan – either Monthly/ Quarterly/ or Annual based instalments. Choose your date of payment wherein you would require paying the instalment/ renewal fees within 3 working days of the date chosen. Click on continue to proceed to the final step.

 tv licensing authorisation

  • Step 7: In the last section, you would be required to enter your payment details and confirm. Here you would be required to furnish your bank account holder’s name, bank/ building society account number, branch sort code and also select to authorise TV Licensing UK to debit the TV Licence Renewal Fee from your bank account.

Filing of this form is a one-time affair and henceforth, each time you would need to make a TV Licence Renewal online payment, you can simply sign into your account with your TV Licence Number or Customer Number and directly jump to the payment’s page. This mode of payment is immediate. For all other modes of payment, the cover shall begin as soon as they receive the first payment.

Disclaimer: All images and screenshots used here are for reference or illustrative purpose only.

Other modes of paying for your TV Licence

  1. BACS

If you want to renew your TV licence, then you can also renew it via BACS electronic transfer by giving your bank the following details:

  • Sort Code – 60-80-09
  • Account Name: CBS TVL Telebanking
  • Account Name: 30887561
  • Your 10 digit TV licence number

To make your transactions successful, always ensure that you pay the full amount at one go and quote your TV licence number correctly.

  1. By Cheque

Write your Payee as ‘TV Licensing’, fill in the amount, date, and signature and send it to TV Licensing, Darlington, DL98 1TL. Do not forget to mention the Name, Address, Postcode and TV Licence number on the back of your cheque.

  1. Via Payments Card over Phone

If you need to pay for your TV Licensing, then you can also pay with a TV licence Payment or Savings Card by calling at 0300 555 0286. If you need or/and are eligible for a free licence, then do quote your National Insurance Number to verify your age.

  1. At Paypoint

There are about 28,000+ Paypoint outlets located across the UK where you can pay for your TV licence. Find your nearest Paypoint outlet to buy or renew your TV Licence by cash or debit card. Submit your renewal notice to them and they will issue you a receipt and a payment slip. These two would be your valid TV Licence document.

Helpful Tips About Renewing Your TV Licence

If you don’t need a TV Licence, you can inform them about it and give a declaration for the same.

  • If you are moving home, then you must inform and move your TV licence along with you. This must be done at least 3 months before you change or shift your address.
  • If you need to subscribe to TV Licence Renewal Reminder via text, then you can subscribe to text message alerts by typing ‘CUST’ and your ‘9 digit Customer Number’ and send it to 64488. Send ‘STOP’ to the same number to opt out of SMS services. Text ‘INFO’ on this number to get full information about TV Licence Expiry Date, Amount of Last Payment Received and Balance.

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