BBC to charge the over 75’s for TV licences
The BBC’s announcement that they plan to means-test TV licences for the over 75s has created widespread condemnation across the media. The decision means licences will only be free for people receiving Pension Credits.
Age UK commented that the new charge will harm millions of older people who rely on their TV as many pensioners live in poverty but do not claim pension credit, either because they are unaware of it, are unable to navigate the complicated application process, or are simply too proud to accept benefits.
Theresa May has urged the BBC to rethink its plan to scrap free TV licences for most over-75s, as it announced that three million pensioners would no longer be eligible for the concession.
People across the country value television as a way to stay connected – many people believe that the BBC needs to look again at ways to support older people.
If the charge goes ahead then sick and disabled people in their 80s and 90s who are completely dependent on their television for companionship and news, will be forced to give it up unless they can afford to purchase a TV licence, creating an additional burden on their budget.
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