TV Licence Fee: BBC increases charge by £3.50 in April
The UK’s annual television licence fee is to rise to £150.50 from £147, the government has announced.
The increase, which will come into effect on 1 April, follows last year’s rise to £147 from £145.50.
Last year the government announced that the licence fee would rise in line with inflation for the next five years.
Anyone watching or recording TV programmes as they are shown on TV, or watching or downloading BBC programmes on iPlayer, must have a licence.
The charge applies whether they are using a TV set, computer or any other equipment.
The fee also contributes to the costs of rolling out broadband to the UK population and helps to fund the Welsh Language TV channel S4C and local TV channels.
The level of the licence fee, which covers all BBC services, is set by the government.
Before last year’s increase, the licence fee had remained frozen since 2010.