Licence fee to rise to £147 in April

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The UK’s annual television licence fee to rise to £147 from £145.50, the government has announced.

The increase, which will come into effect on 1 April, marks the the first rise in the licence fee since 2010.

At the time, the coalition government announced the fee would be frozen at £145.50 until 31 March 2017.

The licence fee covers all BBC services and contributes to the costs of rolling out broadband to the UK population.

It also helps to fund the Welsh Language TV channel S4C and local TV channels.

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