Television licence fees rise again. Are they now too expensive for students?

By Callum Faulds

As of April 1, television licence fees will increase again for the second year running, from £147 to £150 a year.

Although only a minor increase, some students argue this could prove to be the point where their fellows draw the line at paying for this expenditure.


Jack Doughton, a psychology student at De Montfort University and an owner of a television licence, said: “A television licence is already quite a costly expense. I know a lot of students that struggle for money without buying a television licence.”

Being in the midst of a digital age, it is becoming less and less necessary to own a TV licence. Streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Video now dominate the market, perhaps quite simply because of their cheaper prices.

Netflix currently charges £5.99 for its basic package, which annually accumulates to £71.88 per year, which is £78.12 cheaper than a TV licence.

Amazon Video is similar to Netflix, only costing £95.88 per year, which is £54.12 cheaper than a TV licence. The government is asking people to pay far more than these two streaming services and it is quite hard to justify why.

It has been suggested by the government that the reason for the increase is to correlate with inflation.

However, without the fee rise this service was already far more expensive than the two streaming services and although they cannot really be compared, it is hard to say that a TV licence is worth the money at the current price especially for a student.

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