TV license refund surprise

My wife is 75 in November so following the instructions you need to apply for the free license in advance so I did expecting that in November they would cancel the standing order so we would get a few free months before we will have to start paying again when the free for over 75's ends.
About a week after applying we got a refund of about £55 in our joint account and saw that the standing order had been stopped.
Do not understand this, you need to give the NI number when you apply so they know she is only 74 at the present, any ideas why the refund.

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