BBC licence fee to go up by £1.50 from April

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The Government, which is responsible for setting the level of the licence fee, announced in 2016 it would rise in line with inflation for five years from 1st April 2017.

The increase is equivalent to less than 3p a week with the overall cost of a licence equating to just 43p a day. For this, the BBC provides BBC iPlayer; the audio app BBC Sounds; one of the UK’s most popular websites; nine national TV channels plus regional programming; 10 national radio stations, 40 local radio stations as well as dedicated Nations radio services.

Our programmes and services have been at heart of UK life for almost a century and never more so than in such an unprecedented year. Each week 91% of UK adults come to the BBC, with an average of 5 million people using our services every single minute of the day and night, across TV, radio, and online.

Those buying or renewing a licence after 1 April 2021 will pay the new fee. Those already buying a licence on an instalment scheme which started before 1 April 2021, such as monthly direct debit or weekly cash payments, will continue to make payments totalling £157.50 until their licence comes up for renewal. Anyone buying a new licence before 1 April 2021 will also pay the current rate.

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