The TV licence fee is going up for the second year running from £147 to £150.50. The Government announced the annual cost for BBC programming will increase from April 1.
It went up last year, the first time since 2010, and it will continue to rise in line with inflation for five years, the Government said. The announcement comes as the corporation faces scrutiny over gender pay inequality.
Licence fee payers will receive a payment plan or a reminder reflecting the new amount when their licence is next due for renewal. Anyone who bought an instalment scheme before April 1 will continue to pay £147 until their licence comes up for renewal. TV Licensing, the body tasked with collecting the fee, will be advising licence fee payers due to renew in March to pay on time so that they will pay the current rate of £147. Those buying a new licence before April 1 will also pay the current rate.