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Almost half a million people will be eligible for a free TV licence in the next year, according to statistics from TV Licensing.

460,000 people will turn 75 in the next 12 months, making them eligible for a free TV license. The stats have been released as part of an awareness campaign from TV Licensing, supported by the charity Age UK.

More than four million people already take advantage of the free license for over 75s. To claim it, the eligible person simply has to apply.

If someone is between 74 and 75, they can apply for a short-term licence. This means they'll only pay part of the fee, calculated depending on when their 75th birthday is.

To apply, you'll need the National Insurance number of the person eligible, or some other way of proving their identity. Then just call 0300 790 6154, or visit tvlicensing.co.uk/over75info.

"Television is an important source of information and entertainment for many older people but for those on low incomes it can be a major expense," said Caroline Abrahams, charity director of Age UK.

"We would encourage people aged 75 and over to apply for their free TV licence so they don't lose out. It's easy to do and TV Licensing will renew it automatically for three years once you've applied, cutting down the paper work."

If you live with someone who is 75 or over, the TV licence will cover the property, so you will also benefit.

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