In 2020 the BBC are taking over setting the licence fees from the government. As a result, the free licensing for over 75s is currently up for review.
The BBC is looking at several options;
1. Scrap free licence fees for over 75s.
2. Replace with a 50% concession for all over-75 households.
3. Increase the age threshold for eligibility to either 77 or 80 years old.
4. Means-test eligibility for the concession linking to pension credits.
What do you think could be a 5th option? Let us know in the comments below.
With costs for the free scheme set to top £745million by 2021/22 Lord Hall has announced a Public Consultation.
In a statement to the BBC, Director General Lord Hall said, “While the costs of the schemes are rising, so is the need for our programmes and content. We are looking at options for reform, what’s fair, what’s feasible,” .
In other words, pensioners will have to find another £3.20 a week, on top of all the other rising prices that eat away at their pensions. Whilst £3.20 a week doesn’t sound that much, as many pensioners know, trying to stretch an already beleaguered pension any further might be the final straw. Also with the likelihood being it is payable as a yearly fee the cost could be more than £170 in one go.
What are your thoughts on this? Feel free to Share in our comments below and more importantly be sure to contribute to the Public Consultation.
The consultation period is running for 12 weeks from 20 November until 12 February.
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