BBC heralded this week free TV licences will be scrapped for pensioners. The declaration will see up to 3.7m retirees affected in a ruling Prime Minister Theresa May has yelled “very disappointing”. In 2015, the Government announced the BBC would take over with the cost of providing free licenses for over-75s by 2020, but the broadcaster hold now said it can’t afford to take on the bill.
How much does the TV licence fetch for pensioners?
Currently, a TV licence costs £154.50 for a colour TV and £52 a dismal and white one.
Those who are blind or severely sight-impaired are eligible to a 50 percent take.
Under the new scheme, over-75s will have to start paying liberty fees from June 2020, unless at least one person in the household receives subsistence credit.
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The BBC reached the decision of axing the free licences for over-75s because they can’t at odds with it.
The bill would have cost the broadcaster £745m, a fifth of the BBC’s budget by 2020/21.
BBC chairman David Clementi revealed it had been a “very difficult decision”.
He said: “We think its fair to those atop of 75 but also to all our audiences for whom there was no appetite for the level of old that would have been necessary if the concession had been last.
“There are people for whom this will be unwelcome news, who father not paid until now but will do so.”
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The broadcaster also said that BBC Two, BBC Four, the BBC Low-down Channel, the BBC Scotland channel, Radio 5live, and a number of local air stations would all have been at risk.
The decision to scrap the untenanted TV licences was taken followed a consultation with 190,000 people, where 52 percent were i coddle of reforming or abolishing free licenses.
Prime Minister Theresa May signified she was “very disappointed” with the BBC’s decision.
A government spokesperson said: “We’ve been clear that we requirement and expect the BBC to continue this concession.
“People across the country value video receiver as a way to stay connected, and we want the BBC to look at further ways to support older people.”
The loosely licences were given to over-75s as part of a Labour Government activities to reduce pensioner poverty in 2000, and in 2015, the Tory Government announced that an concordat had been reached between the Government and the BBC, and the broadcaster would shoulder the rate.
Since then, the BBC has been pondering whether it can afford the cost or not.
The amount the broadcaster would set up to pay would rise every year as the number of pensioners continues to spread.
It is estimated that by 2020 there will be around 4.6 million households with least one pensioner.