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Since 1st April 2017*, the TV Licence has cost the taxpayer...

The figure is updated every 10 seconds. Sources, notes, & caveats can be found below.

Key Facts (Applies to 2018 only)

TV Licence Cost (2018, p.a.)


Total Licenses (2017)


Cost per Second¹


Cost per Minute


Cost per Hour


Cost per Day


Sources & Notes


All sources used to create the figures are listed below. Figures include inflation (averaged) using the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Composite Price Index (CPI) for 2016 - 2017. Figures are provided in good faith and for general reference purposes only.

¹ = Figures are rounded where required. For example, the actual cost per second is £127.6810647317352. Figures provided in the Key Facts section are rounded accordingly. Full data available upon request.

* = The initial figure uses the latest data available for April 2017 when the price increased to £147 per annum. We have added this total to the new 2018 rate-per-second as explained below.


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Notes & Caveats

Calculations made using the cost of a colour TV Licence. According to TV Licensing, fewer than 9,000 Licence holders have a black and white TV. The following should be considered:

  • 52 weeks per year, rather than 52.14.
  • 365 days per year, rather than 365.24.
  • Per month is per calendar month.
  • The new rate of £150.50 incldues CPI inflation in order to retain consistency, despite this new rate only being introduced in 2018. Our methodology takes the pre-existing figure (1st April 2017 to the 1st April 2018) and adds this fixed sum to a new rate-per-second. If you would like more information on this, please contact us.
  • Figures may not sum to totals due to rounding.

In Addition

The sources used list specific information to consider:

As at the end of each financial year i.e. 31 March. These figures are approximations of the number of licences in force. They do not include concessionary licences held by Accommodation for Residential Care (ARC).

TV Licensing

An address may require more than one licence (e.g. student accommodation). Therefore, it is the number of licences is shown here, rather than the number of addresses with a licence. The number of households and business premises with TV Licences cannot be readily extracted from the total number of licences in force, because such information is not specifically recorded for each licence.

TV Licensing