An end to free TV licences for the over-75s


This 694-word blog post explains an end to free TV licences for over-75s, with the BBC switching to a new system from June 2020 where only low-income households with at least one person in receipt of pension credit will receive a free licence. Written on 10th June 2019.

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Article preview: The BBC has announced plans to scrap free TV licences for the over 75s. New rules would result in as many as 3.7 million pensioners losing their right to a free TV licence, with only low-income households remaining eligible. It comes as the BBC takes over the cost of providing free TV licences from June 2020, following their fee settlement with the government. Continuing with the current arrangement, where all over-75s are eligible for a free licence, is estimated to cost the BBC around £745 million a year. This estimated cost is about a fifth of the BBC’s forecast budget in 2021/22.