Over 75s will have to pay TV licences

Over 75s will have to pay TV licences

by Tom Martin (July 2020)

PENSIONERS over 75 in Sefton and West Lancashire will have to start paying for a TV licence after the controversial plan was confirmed by the BBC.

It was revealed on Thursday, July 9 that free TV licences for most over 75s would be scrapped from August 1.

The proposal was first discussed earlier this year, but there has been a two-month delay because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some had hoped the BBC would perform a U-turn in light of the pandemic, but they are pressing ahead with the plan.

It means more than three million households will be asked to start paying the £157.50 fee.

Only households where someone receives the Pension Credit benefit will still be eligible for a free licence.

The BBC say the cost of continuing to provide free licences to all over-75s could have reached £1billion a year over time with an ageing population, according to the corporation.

Free TV licences for the over-75s have been provided by the government since 2000, but responsibility for the provision was passed to the BBC as part of its last licence fee settlement. TV Licensing will write to all licence holders aged over 75 with clear guidance about how to pay.

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