BBC to introduce means-tested license fee for over-75s

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Over 300,000 people sign petition to protect free TV licence for over-75s

Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West said: "These changes mean that approximately 3,150 households in Washington and Sunderland West will now miss out on a free TV licence".

Here are some questions answered.

The BBC has said that restricting free licences to only over-75s on Pension Credit is the fairest option.

BBC has announced it will be axing free licence fees for all over-75s.


From June 2020, the concession will be available only to households where someone receives Pension Credit.

This will come into force in June 2020, when the BBC takes on official responsibility for the scheme from the Government.

- Who has opposed the change?

Mr Cannan said the government needed to "understand with certainty what the BBC's plans are going forward" before a decision on continuing to pay the figure would be made.

"Together, we must demand the Government takes back responsibility for funding free TV licences".

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson branded the burden placed on pensioners an "outrage".

The former Countryfile star told the Press Association: "I'm ashamed to say that we as a nation are not looking out for those who fought and risked their lives for us all - they deserve better".

Sajid Javid and Matt Hancock, who are also running for the leadership, also criticised the move.

"With Northern Ireland not having a government I'm afraid they'll bring in council tax or something like that and I don't know how we'd live if they brought that in".

- Who has defended the BBC?

Describing the move as "unfair", she said: "They're taking the free television licence off us now, what's next?"

Three major petitions have been launched opposing the move.

Over 20,000 have added their names to a petition on the Labour website while 86,000 have signed a petition on the parliamentary site.

"Helen Thomas, Director BBC England and the Crown Dependencies, has written to the Chief Minister this week and will look forward to discussing considerations with the Isle of Man Government as soon as possible".

Instead, following a consultation process with nearly 200,000 people, the scheme will now be means tested.

Tory PM hopeful Esther McVey spoke out against the criminalisation of non-payment, tweeting: "The BBC has abandoned its promise to give free TV licences to over 75s".

Face-to-face assistance will be provided for older people through an outreach programme delivered by specially trained customer care field staff and the size of the TV Licensing customer support call centre will also be increased.

This scheme will let customers spread the cost of their licence in fortnightly or monthly payments to make it easier to pay.

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