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BLIND people in Sunderland are being urged to claim a 50 per cent reduction on their TV licence fee.

A concession has been launched by TV Licensing and the Royal National Institute of the Blind.

Those on Wearside who are registered blind or severely sight-impaired can buy their licence at the reduced cost of £72.72 for colour, and £24.50 for black and white sets.

The concession will cover all the equipment in the household of anyone who lives with someone who his blind or severely sight-impaired.

Anyone who thinks that they or a member of their household could benefit from the concession, should visit or call 0300 790 0366.