1st December 2018
31st January 2019
The BBC has launched a consultation to decide how licence fees for over-75s should be paid for.
They are currently financed by a government-funded scheme, which is due to end in 2020.
It is expected the cost of free licences to the over-75s will total £745m – a fifth of the BBC’s current budget by 2021/22.
The consultation period is running for 12 weeks from 20 November until 12 February.
Four options were set out in a report, commissioned by the BBC, produced by Frontier Economics.
- Scrap free licence fees for over-75s
- Replace with a 50% concession for all over-75 households
- Increase the age threshold for eligibility ie-
- Raise age threshold to 77 or
- Raise age threshold to 80
- Means-test eligibility for the concession ie
- Link free TV licences to over-75s who get pension credit or
- Link free TV licences to anyone receiving pension credit regardless of age
To read more, click this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46274054