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Have you got an up to date TV Licence?

Did you know that you can be fined up to £1,000 if you are caught watching TV without a licence?

TV Licensing is working with local organisations in Bedford to ensure that people are aware that it is a legal responsibility to have a TV Licence. Put simply, you need to be covered by a valid TV Licence in order to receive or record television programmes as they are being shown on TV.

This is the case whether you are receiving the programmes via TV or any other device, such as a mobile phone or a PC.

TV Licensing understands that some people find it hard to pay the annual fee of £145.50 for a colour TV Licence or £49 for a black and white licence in one payment.

For this reason, there are a number of different ways to pay for a TV Licence, including a cash payment plan.

The TV Licensing Payment Card is designed to make buying a TV Licence easier for those who struggle to pay in one lump sum, by allowing them to spread the cost into weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments.  It is open to everyone and customers can make payments by cash or debit/credit card at any one of almost 22,000 PayPoint outlets nationwide or over the phone.  

Anyone wishing to find out more about signing up for the Payment Card should give TV Licensing a call.

In addition to paying at a PayPoint outlet, there are many other ways to pay.  More people are choosing to pay by Direct Debit, now used by over 14 million licence fee payers, while others choose to pay via our website, by using a debit or credit card over the phone or by putting a cheque in the post.

TV Licensing want to make it as easy as possible to pay and work hard to ensure people are aware of their licensing requirements. If you would like more information, or want to buy a TV Licence, please call 0300 790 6115 or visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk.


The TV Licensing Translation Service

TV Licensing can offers leaflets  in 18 different languages, and there are 16 different language pages on the website at www.tvlicensing.co.uk including French, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Somali, Turkish, Welsh and Urdu.

TV Licensing can also offers a translation service over the phone for anyone calling who does not have English as a first language.  The service means that people can buy their licence, or ask for further information in over 180 languages with an interpreter available within 60 seconds of the call being answered. 

If you would like to speak to someone in a different language, please call 0300 790 6044.

To order TV Licensing leaflets in a different language please contact us on 01564 829 024.


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