TV licensing in care homes

I had a recent enquiry regards TV licences and contacted TV Licence on 0300 790 6011 and checked the website and summary as below:

The Care Home is responsible for purchasing the one communal room full fee regardless of how many sitting rooms there are – this is one overall cost. 

Each bedroom or living space resided by the service user that has a TV must have an ARC Concessionary TV Licence at a cost of £7.50, therefore each of your service users must have one if they have a TV. This is paid online:

HOWEVER, this applies if they watch the TV.  It could be they watch DVD’s through the TV or they listen to Free-view radio stations so that does not apply, but only if watching the TV.

Kind regards


Swaran Rakhra

Membership Support Manager