More than 8,000 people take advantage of free television licences across North Devon.

More than 8,000 people over the age of 75 are enjoying a free television licence across North Devon, according to new figures.

Free licenses have been given to more than 3,400 people in Bideford; 1,600 in Barnstaple; 1,200 in Ilfracombe; and 800 in South Molton. Anyone aged 75 or over is eligible for a free licence for their main address, but it must be applied for.

Caroline Abrahams, director of Age UK, said: “Television is an important source of information and entertainment for many older people, but those on low incomes may struggle to pay.

“We would encourage people aged 75 and over to apply for their free 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.”

Apply at 0300 790 6154 or visit with your National Insurance number or an alternative proof of age.