BBC TV licences are set to rise 3 to 157.50 a year from April – just before the firm axes them for over 75s.
Ministers confirmed today that the hike will come into effect later this year.
Brits will receive a reminder or new payment plan reflecting the uprated fees when they come to renew their licence.
Tells fans buying before April 1 2020 will be able to get the reduced rate.
The Government is responsible for setting the price – and it’s risen every year in line with inflation since 2016.
Before then it was frozen for six years at 145.50 a year.
But millions of pensioners who previously got a free TV licence will have to pay for it from June this year.
The BBC is facing a huge backlash after their plans to scrap them for over 75s – affecting 3.7million pensioners.
Although, households with at least one person receiving pension credit – around 900,000 currently – will not have to pay.
Boris Johnson has demanded the BBC think again and keep the pensioner perk.
At present a TV licence costs 154.50 for a colour TV and 52 for a black and white one.
Those who are blind or severely sight-impaired are eligible to a 50 per cent discount.
Pensioners will have to pay for a licence from June 2020, unless they qualify for pension credit.