Department for Culture Media and Sport
TV licences are free for people aged 75 or over because they are, as a group, more likely to be reliant on television for information and entertainment, for reasons of poor health, lack of mobility and social isolation.
People who are blind or severely sight impaired pay a reduced fee. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can benefit from increased programme sub-titling.
People who are:
The licence fee reduction for blind people was not extended to deaf and hard of hearing people. Instead, the recommendation of the Gavyn Davies Review Panel into the future funding of the BBC, that the Corporation should aim to subtitle 50% of programmes on its new digital services by 2003 and 100% by 2008, was accepted.
More subtitling, rather than a reduction in the licence fee, was favoured by the Royal National Institute for Deaf People in its evidence to the review panel.