TV licence query

Mark7799
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Hi everyone.
I would appreciate thoughts on a plan I am about to undertake.

Background, my father passed away earlier this year, my mother has been in hospital and is now in a care home on a temporary basis but likely to be permanent. She’s had a reminder for her TV licence which she now has to pay owing to the changes at the Beeb. As the house has been unoccupied since last February and is probably not going to be so for the foreseeable future, if I removed her TV and placed it in my home, would I then be in order to ignore the TV licence letter? (we hold a valid TV licence)

Any thoughts welcomed. Thanks in advance,
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  • unforeseen
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    edited 9 July 2020 at 4:14PM
    You don't even need to remove the TV. The licence is for use, not ownership. 
    Just ignore the letter and any others that come from TV licencing
  • Can I pick up on this please. I'm 80, we have a TV. If I did NOT purchase a licence as now required and said we no longer watch any of the BBC channels or use iplayer, or record BBC, would that be OK? 
  • Farway
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    Copter said:
    Can I pick up on this please. I'm 80, we have a TV. If I did NOT purchase a licence as now required and said we no longer watch any of the BBC channels or use iplayer, or record BBC, would that be OK? 
    NO, the licence covers viewing or recording any live transmissions, including ITV, Dave etc
    Watching any catch up, except BBC iplayer is OK
    I'm in similar position, over 75, so have vested interest

    There will be lots of discussion about this so keep eyes open.
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  • Farway
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    You don't even need to remove the TV. The licence is for use, not ownership. 
    Just ignore the letter and any others that come from TV licencing

    While you are right I think it would be sensible to inform the licence people of the facts, and beware just in case parents had a direct debit set up in previous years
    Eight out of ten owners who expressed a preference said their cats preferred other peoples gardens
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    edited 10 July 2020 at 11:19AM
    Mark7799 said:
    Hi everyone.
    I would appreciate thoughts on a plan I am about to undertake.

    Background, my father passed away earlier this year, my mother has been in hospital and is now in a care home on a temporary basis but likely to be permanent. She’s had a reminder for her TV licence which she now has to pay owing to the changes at the Beeb. As the house has been unoccupied since last February and is probably not going to be so for the foreseeable future, if I removed her TV and placed it in my home, would I then be in order to ignore the TV licence letter? (we hold a valid TV licence)

    Any thoughts welcomed. Thanks in advance,
    Does the care home provide your mother with a TV set?
    Most don't, so rather than snaffling your mum's set for yourself, why not be nice and arrange for it to be delivered to where you mum is now, or if unsuitable, buy your mum a TV set that would be suitable for her room?
    Most, if not all, care homes allow for TV's within their resident's room. I'm sure you mum would love to have a telly in her room if she doesn't already have one there. I know most care homes have a communal telly, but it's not the same as having one in your own room you can choose what and when to watch, perhaps whilst in bed.

    Then you can just arrange for the current TV licence to be transferred to her new address, temporaily or permanently. I think that can even be arranged online. :)

    Edit:
    Sorry, forgot to include the important part.
    Ask the care home if your mum as a resident qualifies under the ARC scheme (Accommodation for residential care). If so the TV licence would only cost £7.50 per year.
    https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/for-your-home/care-home-residents-aud4

  • apb123
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    Ignore it.The licence is for use. Make sure there isn't a direct debit set up.
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