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People on State Pension claiming 'gateway' benefit to get easier access to free TV licences

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People receiving State Pension who are on a low income will find it easier and quicker to apply for their free TV licence under new UK Government plans.

The reforms laid in Parliament in June mean that over-75s on Pension Credit no longer have to fill out paperwork when applying for, or renewing their licence, which slashes the usual annual £159 cost to nil.

While eligible older people currently have to fill in forms to prove they receive the benefit, the legislative change would allow the BBC to verify this automatically with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) without the need for paperwork.

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