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Should all pensioners over 75 be entitled to a free TV licence?

The BBC is preparing to scrap or restrict free television licences for people aged above 75 after publishing a study showing that pensioners are becoming richer.

More than 4.46 million homes with older residents receive a free television licence, saving them £150.50 a year. The benefit was introduced in 2001. The corporation is expected to put forward research in a matter of weeks on ways to reform the subsidy, with a view to introducing a new system by 2020.

Options are likely to include raising the age of eligibility, introducing means-testing to exclude wealthier pensioners or removing the benefit from people above 75 who live with younger relatives.

What are your views on this? Should there even be a licence fee? Should all pensioners over 75 be entitled to a free TV licence?  Would you consider offering to pay voluntarily if you are over 75? Do you know anyone who would want to opt back into paying their licence fee? Do you love the BBC enough to pay £2.80 a week for your licence? Should it be means tested?

Should all pensioners over 75 be entitled to a free TV licence?

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KennM6
8th Mar 2019
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its about time it was scrapped its robbery
viking
8th Mar 2019
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Wriggle, wriggle just watch the latest developments.
Are the bookmakers taking bets on this yet ?? Odds are against the silent who will have to decide- TV licence or keep warm this winter.
Shame on you for even thinking of this meany minded action you Parliamentiers.
Pamye1
5th Feb 2019
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Of course it should be free. To scrap it would be the best solution. Stop funding this biased Government run institution.
As time progresses this will become more and more of an issue, especially for women born in the 50's who have been forced to work until they are 66. Given little or no notice that the SPA was changed from 60. Many are having to sell homes to make ends meet. Others are choosing whether to heat their homes or eat. Many are using food banks. God I despise this Tory Government
Yogafan
2nd Feb 2019
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I'm from Australia (Residing in the UK atm)and we do not have tv licenses in Aust.Its hard enough with pensioners having to pay their bills,(utility etc)without the extra costs of paying to watch tv.For most its their only form of entertainment,especially in the evening.Most have also worked all their lives so let them have it for free.As someone has already mentioned,most people in tv are grossly overpaid.
Nan
25th Jan 2019
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Television is very important to the elderly especially when they reach 75 and their health is deteriorating. Especially in the winter when the dark nights mean we do not go out.
viking
20th Jan 2019
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I would love to earn the fantastic salaries paid by the BBC for reading from the autocue.
Perhaps the only downside would be having to remove the
make-up, It is also possible that the BBC tea is not up to scratch, but then for that salary it would be worth while !!
DB59
18th Jan 2019
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If the BBC can afford to pay ridiculously high salaries to personalities/celebrities etc. Then they can afford to let over 75s have free licences.
Southerner
18th Dec 2018
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Its not free for a start. It's paid for out of taxes at the moment, which many of us pay. However, I think it should be selective when the BBC takes it over in 2020. But how would they know how to deal with it. Why should they. Even the government could not work out who should get it, or if they do it must be an admin nightmare, which I suspect is where the crux of the matter lies. Maybe the government is trying to force the BBC into reining in it's extravagances and it's unseemly wages. In the end, the small weekly sum of about £3 for a licence to watch tv and listen to radio 24/7 7 days a week is terrific value. Even so I won't be paying my fee all the time such offensive wage increases are dished out.
Southerner
18th Dec 2018
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Its not free for a start. It's paid for out of taxes at the moment, which many of us pay. However, I think it should be selective when the BBC takes it over in 2020. But how would they know how to deal with it. Why should they. Even the government could not work out who should get it, or if they do it must be an admin nightmare, which I suspect is where the crux of the matter lies. Maybe the government is trying to force the BBC into reining in it's extravagances and it's unseemly wages. In the end, the small weekly sum of about £3 for a licence to watch tv and listen to radio 24/7 7 days a week is terrific value. Even so I won't be paying my fee all the time such offensive wage increases are dished out.
Hilers
12th Dec 2018
2
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I think the tv license should be scrapped for all, it's totally unfair when the Beeb is so profligate with our money, ridiculous salaries, too much money wasted in general by the Beeb.
lizfid3
6th Dec 2018
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The BBC can't afford to do without the licence fee from the over 75's? Really? They can afford to pay obscene salaries to " celebrities " for next to nothing. We cannot block BBC from our tellies so, whether we watch it or not, we have to pay. Give the over 75's a break. It's no way going to be the worst thing to happen to the Beeb. Sack a couple of the wallies and it's paid for.
DerekJ9
1st Dec 2018
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The BBC certainly knows how to waste our money, why send that beefburger women to Argentina on a jolly. She's so anti Brexit
viking
28th Nov 2018
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Why is the Beeb asking for viewers opinions on the licence fee anyway------see their latest"adverts". I have no doubt that it has now been decided behind closed doors. Bookmakers are not taking bets on the outcome.
Stump up or lose it !!
Irene88
23rd Nov 2018
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BBC is so biased it's not worth watching anway.

However there are thousands of older people out there who don't have/ or can afford internet access. To these people the tTV is the only 'friend" they have. The Young spouting about how ealthy we all are compared to them have no clue how extremely lucky they are.
TrudyLS
23rd Nov 2018
2
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scrap the licence completely
chinagirl2103
23rd Nov 2018
3
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I don't see why we pay the BBC a licence fee anyway. In the early days maybe but radio licences were done away with a long time ago and the same should happen to tv ones. How many people actually watch the BBC. There are so many channels to watch now and the BBC do not make the quality programmes they used to.
Southerner
18th Dec 2018
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I don't think we actually pay for BBC programmes, we are paying for a licence for reception equipment, in the same way we pay for car tax licence. There is no link between road maintenance/new roads and the car tax we pay. It's just another way for the government to collect tax.
Tr1sh
16th Nov 2018
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Apart from anything else, means testing pensioners for £150 pa would probably cost more than actually just keeping to the current system.
suzywin
9th Nov 2018
5
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The licence fee should be scrapped altogether. I resent paying money to such a biased organisation.
ColinM1
9th Nov 2018
4
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BBC is a notoriously biased state orientated organisation . Fails to give balanced judgement and even with this worse than useless government fails to expose their obvious deficiencies . Scrap the license fee in entirety .
Darkstar
4th Nov 2018
6
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BBC should fund itself as all other T.V. networks.
Jean177
30th Oct 2018
4
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Yes of course it should be free for all elderly people , most of us have paid for a license for 45-50 years already.
Yellowcat
27th Oct 2018
1
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I think the licence fee should be discontinued, if not it should be means tested for the over 75 as those who are on a low income should still benefit with a free licence.
Dianabar
27th Oct 2018
3
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Not all pensioners are rich. Quite a number of my friends have to rely on additional benefits to top their pension up as the basic pension is inadequate to live on.
Catton
26th Oct 2018
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Totally agree with Lionel and Bein.
Bein
26th Oct 2018
7
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The BBC has for some time now being paying very large salaries to staff and wasting money on hotels and junkets they are always complaining that they need more money. Well most OAP have to survive on a fraction of what these people get so yes after paying into the BBC for 50 plus years over 75’s should get free licence.
Onecott
25th Oct 2018
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Maybe income threashold based
Lionel
25th Oct 2018
9
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TV licences ought to be scrapped. The BBC is no longer the Public Service broadcaster for the nation and therefore should have no claim to a tax levied on the public.
Jay
25th Oct 2018
3
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not 'all' pensioners are rich. A lot live on a state pension which is barely adequate. And this barely adequate pension is what they get for not being told the true facts about pensions way back in the 70s.
ginty001
21st Oct 2018
3
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Yes it is bad enough having to wait until you are 75 before you can get a free tv licence. Some people have already been retired for 15 years by then, and find it hard enough to pay the amount they have to at the moment. I do realise that programmes have to be paid for, ie actors need wages. However, for those of us on a low income, find paying out what we do is hard, I do not invisage being better off by the time I am 75, and by then heaven only knows what the price will have gone up to.
Bobted
21st Oct 2018
4
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Some elderly who live alone their TV is the only communication they have most days & lets them be in touch with world news etc.
LyndaC5
21st Oct 2018
4
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All.persioners should receive a free tv licence. For a lot of pensioners who do not have families, this is their only form of company. Our pensioners hardly get any spare money ad it is. If they had to pay, a lot of them wouldn't be able to afford it.
viking
21st Oct 2018
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Would you really wish for "means testing" ??
In the past this form of intrusion has been dropped in other countries, because it has cost more to police and enforce than it has gained.
OK it sounds wonderful, but in practice it is a no, no.
ChristineC42
21st Oct 2018
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yes some over 75s should have a free tv licence. Some are on a low pension to others.
LindaP314
21st Oct 2018
5
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Not all pensioners have a decent income. Many are lonely, disabled, poor and isolated. Do not take away their link to the outside world.
jeanmark
20th Oct 2018
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Looking at some of the comments, I think it is a little unfair to assume ALL people who work for the BBC are on high salaries. There are many 'ordinary' workers who do not earn thousand, some even earn the minimum the law allows.

In relation to the question, I would hate to see a return to mean testing, which may be the only way of telling someones income and their amount of savings. It is of course, possible to suggest a voluntary decline for a free licence if the person feels they can afford to pay. How many of us would take that suggestion up?
Sandraterry
20th Oct 2018
2
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It seems that the harder we worked to support this country through paying tax and insurance the more the powers that be still want to grab every penny back thea that they can. Sick to the teeth of this kind of reward for a lifetime of work.
viking
20th Oct 2018
2
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The Beeb has just carried out the exact same scheme as the Government does.
Leak some blood curdling "information" to see what the reaction is.
If the reaction is bad then issue a statement ......ah this was just a consultative document and was leaked by persons unknown.
It would be nice to think that the hierachy at the Beeb looked through some of the comments voiced here on this site.
Pigs might fly !!!
All your comments on the gross salaries paid to the junta and the so called celebraties will be ignored, and the Beeb will wave the two fingers at all pensioners, and give every one in that domain a large salary increase paid for by the newly introduced pensioners TV licence.
JoanM6
20th Oct 2018
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It should be means tested, if there is a household income of £18,000.00 then no.
BevP27
20th Oct 2018
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Hi, I think it depends on their income. I wouldn't expect a person receiving over £20k per year via pensions etc to get a free TV licence.
JeanE7
20th Oct 2018
5
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BBC look to stop Paying these Big Salaries at the Top Of your Corporation These People are not doing a very good Job ,Ask them to take a Pay Cut .The BBC is Boring You have the odd Drama .
Ask the Overpaid T V Presenters ie Match of the Day ,Strictly Newsreaders take a pay cut
The T V Licence Should be Free To all It must cost a lot to maintain .
Have a subscription For i player ,
There are a lot of people out there are alone at this age And the T V is there only company ,Pensioners are Struggling.
BBC is mediocre You are Not Delivering A Good Servive .
TriciaC
20th Oct 2018
8
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With pension poverty in the UK being at its highest ever and our state pension being the lowest where on earth do they get the idea that we are all well off?? It beggars belief.
CatherineB54
20th Oct 2018
5
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I think that the majority of pensioners have paid in enough money in 60yrs of working to get this in return and if l am being really honest with all the repeats constantly shown l think it should be free for everyone or at least not so expensive.
tinkerbell123
20th Oct 2018
3
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they ought to cut the pay of their so called "STARS" they are paid far too much,the wages should be reassessed.Far too much of our money goes to them.What with all the political bleeting they do and all this "ME TOO"lark that is ruining the lives of many men.They should all be on minimum wage then they can justify shouting their mouths off.I feel very sorry for all the OAP s ,not all of them have money and some have only a television for company,but never mind let`s fleece them for more money to pay all these astronomical wages.
DianeN1
20th Oct 2018
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Most of us will be working till we are nearly 70, give us a treat and lower the age limit to 70.
Jenny Norman
20th Oct 2018
3
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Not all pensioners are rich or physically fit enough to be able to leave their homes to socialise.
The television provides a link to the outside world that is going along without them.
Their friends are the soap opera characters who they see daily.
Please do not take away from the elderly who are socially isolated, depressed and needy.
Yes the baby boomer generation have had it good and have good pensions to fall back on in their old age...if they were lucky and were in employment. Think back to the days of high unemployment in the 70s and the days of strikes in the 80s. Those people are the elderly of today, living a hand to mouth existence on subsistence pensions. Please don't take their lifeline away.
LindaH14
20th Oct 2018
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For goodness sake we are older people not free loaders. We will gain no respect from younger people by taking everything we can. I know it can be hard but who is paying for our programmes? The out of work, students, young families. We still need to do our bit.
LillianW
20th Oct 2018
1
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In the Colonies ie NZ and AUST. They did away with TV licenses years ago. It was too hard to police.
ArchieUK
20th Oct 2018
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Onthe whole the BBC do avery good job
MaureenJ13
19th Oct 2018
1
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To me, this is getting money under false pretences. They have very few decent programmes and why should we pay for all these "presenters", a majority of whom don't even earn the money. And don't forget those at the top and their fat salaries.
Yodama
19th Oct 2018
1
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BBC should scrap licenses altogether. Its programmes are mind numbingly boring, a bit of a cheek to ask people to pay for such a sub-standard service. On very rare occasions they come up with something worth watching.

Once upon a time ( yes a fairy story) the BBC was much admired for its programming and unbiased reporting.
Today it is nothing but a mouthpiece for politicians and Corporations.
I use my TV as a monitor for online viewing or DVD's so why do I have to pay for the right to own a TV set?
marion5
19th Oct 2018
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So people agree with me, it is hard to justify paying out this much for a sub standard tv product
arnoldbradford
19th Oct 2018
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Not all salaries just the GREEDY PIGS at the top and OVERPAID PRESENTERS etc, a lot of the staff are people on a normal or lower salaries. Also a check on excesive expenceses.
[deleted]
19th Oct 2018
5
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LilyC
20th Oct 2018
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Good idea. After all we have been paying for a license over 50 years perhaps they should have a loyalty scheme
ViR
19th Oct 2018
5
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Seeing as most of the programmes are repeats, I don’t think we should have to pay, at our age we have seen a lot of the programmes at least 3 times.
Tavern
19th Oct 2018
4
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There is not a lot that we get for free as we still have to pay tax on our pensions and for some pensioners it’s the only way than they can keep I touch with the outside world
SandraA21
19th Oct 2018
6
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Not all pensioners are getting richer .
NancyD64
19th Oct 2018
5
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for some pensioners this is there only way of keeping in touch with the outside world. some are disabled and can not get out Television is there life line.
Not all pensioners are rich paying for a tv licence would take good bit of the pensions that they are entitle to.

So I asked the BBC to think again
junenine
19th Oct 2018
1
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I agree with every thing NancyD64 said could not put it better myself.
Edie70
19th Oct 2018
1
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I think that you should be able to prove that you or your spouse have paid for a TV licence for at least 40 years to get one free at 75.
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19th Oct 2018
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Edie70
19th Oct 2018
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SamC1
19th Oct 2018
2
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Why shouldn’t they even if they have money so what this maybe the only connection with the outside world they have if they are unfortunate enough not to have a family who care
JenniferM67
19th Oct 2018
2
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I don’t think the age should be raised as even if people are living longer their mobility is often affected and all they have is their tv. Without them where would daytime viewing be. Younger people work (sometimes) and don’t watch daytime tv. Scrap the licence bbc is crap anyway. As for older people being richer live in my shoes then tell me older people are rich.
ChristineMcQ
19th Oct 2018
0
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raise the age for free licence to 80 as we are all living longer
KarenW38
19th Oct 2018
2
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Not all pensioners are rich, some have very little to eat, people should not generalise. I agree totally with Josie F
GillianR
19th Oct 2018
1
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When the successive governments of the day really are strapped for cash instead of giving it to unwanted and undeserving causes I'll agree to giving up my free licence.
JosieF
19th Oct 2018
3
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For an older person, either living alone or with their partner, the TV is often their lifeline to the outside world. It's company, the chatter in the corner that's with them throughout the day, cutting through the lonely hollow silence. Many older people can't afford to pay £150 a year for that, so they are essentially bring isolated from the outside world.

The BBC really need to look at their diversity policies and include the older population in them.
BerylH8
19th Oct 2018
1
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Pensioners are probably better off because they have WORKED AND SAVED for it instead of squandering their
Money
Wendy33
19th Oct 2018
2
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If the 75 year old is staying with younger relatives they shouldn't be entitled to a free TV licence unless it's the pensioner who is the householder
JulieG57
19th Oct 2018
2
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Should best scrapped all together for everybody.
LyndaH21
19th Oct 2018
2
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Not all pensioners are well off. Besides, they have already paid a fortune for the dismal content the BBC broadcasts.
Ericm0hff
19th Oct 2018
5
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Scrap the license entirely. Make the BBC pay it's own way, like everyone else has to. (Except MP's, Directors, Bank Managers - - etc)
MaryS68
19th Oct 2018
1
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Aunty Beeb !
Wish I was getting richer!
Time the TV licence was scrapped altogether,
I would rather watch a few adverts, at least it gives you time to make a cuppa.
Down with the BBC!
Lionel
18th Oct 2018
4
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The place of the BBC in the broadcasting spectrum has been these last 30 years as new, commercial radio/TV, streaming and satellite stations have come along. It is no longer the voice of Britain but of a left wing, liberal luvvie minority and all that implies for unbiased programming.

The BBC owns 4 commercial stations on satellite broadcasting channels screening sometimes 50 year old repeats. The quality of its new output is laughable. Its so bad we may watch perhaps one BBC programme every six weeks. That's worth £155 a year? Pay a TV tax to watch overpaid, cosseted liberal luvvies grand standing their political opinions from their vacuous heads? No thank you. If I wanted such views I've teen age step grand children who are full of it, straight off the TV!

Its insult enough in this 21st century we still must pay a tax for watching TV. It's a criminal act against the people. For so many retired folk, as has been said already, it's not a luxury but a necessity; we must break through the loneliness imposed on our generation by state sponsored family breakup. The nuclear family.

No means testing, just stop TV tax for all!
MoiraS8
19th Oct 2018
1
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Left wing, you've got to be joking. They are the Tory mouthpiece these days. I've stopped watching BBC News now, and as for Question Time, that's totally fixed now.
CherrilC
18th Oct 2018
3
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Maybe restrict for very rich over 75s but definitely not for the majority, who are not wealthy.
SukiJ
18th Oct 2018
0
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equally with a bbc whose news dept is now a propoganda wing for the right and the tories need a reduction for no longer listening to their version of the news. happy to pay for the rest of their services , just not the news
BelindaW9
18th Oct 2018
3
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I’d like to know who they asked because not all pensioners are rich. We only have the state pension to live on. Not all have their own houses. So that is a bold statement to make.
SukiJ
18th Oct 2018
1
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a hard earned perk. many years of taxes etc. real value of savings if one is lucky to have any is far less and with the shambles that is Brexit likely to get worse
popspowell
18th Oct 2018
6
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Pensioners are becoming richer, please there having a laugh. We get the a considerably lower pension than most developed countries. Any small addition to assist with living in our old age is welcome.
PeteN
18th Oct 2018
0
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I would gladly scrap the BBC as their bias is very obvious to all , should be renamed the TORY BBC
Ericm0hff
19th Oct 2018
1
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Or the BPC - British Propaganda Company.
Wilf
19th Oct 2018
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Really???? I thought they were more left wing. Laura Kunnessberg on the news always gives Mrs May a hard time. Name me a media service that is totally impartial? I think the BBC is as good as they get.
TinaS86
18th Oct 2018
1
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If people can afford it they should pay for it,Do means testing it's fairer.
rizzle
18th Oct 2018
4
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If the BBC were to reduce the amount paid to their highest earners - both performers and administrators, then perhaps this could go some way to reducing their overall expenditure allowing them to leave OAP's free licences alone!
mored
18th Oct 2018
2
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I didn't think when I retired I'd be sat with a fleece round me to keep warm, watching television is one of things I enjoy please allow pensioners some pleasure and less worry about bills
buckgrove2
18th Oct 2018
2
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We have paid a television licence for over 50years without fail and have one our bit towards the BBC The majority of programmes on the BBC aren`t worth watching anyway
PaulineB83
18th Oct 2018
1
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We’re not all well off , I’m 73 years old and would welcome a free tv license ,
Rozjoy57
18th Oct 2018
2
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I believe over 75’s deserve a free TV license. Most of them have given a lot in their lifetime it isn’t much of a reward.
SusanT99
18th Oct 2018
1
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Common sense must prevail! xx
MarieRigby
18th Oct 2018
3
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The majority of 75 year olds have paid a tv licence for 55 yrs +, surely they are entitled to something free after so long.! I also know lots of pensioners who struggle to pay for food, their tv is their only companion, surely a free Tv licence is something they deserve!
Joanie Ponie
18th Oct 2018
5
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TV licenses started in 1946, 72 years ago. People 75+ i.e. born 1943, could theoretically have been paying for a TV license for at least 40 years! Are they therefore not entitled to some benefit? BBC are just trying to recoup some of the money they pay for ridiculous salaries to so called entertainers, presenters and reporters. Utterly outrageous!
DerekJ9
18th Oct 2018
5
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BBC not fit for purpose, no longer a non biased organisation. Go commercial
HelenM54
18th Oct 2018
6
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Should not be paying a licence for the BBC
AndreaD576
18th Oct 2018
3
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I will be 75 soon and a free TV licence would be handy
I don't know how they get the idea we are all well off as we know its not true, Austerity Britain is just awful..
georgine
18th Oct 2018
6
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All people working for BBC are too well paid so why not try advertising instead. Not all over 75yrs are well off
HonnestdenS
18th Oct 2018
6
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I have worked all my life,i get taxed on pension so why do they want to get rid of the licence ,what else do we have free ?
ClareH4
18th Oct 2018
8
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What a mean spirited,miserable society we are becoming. Today's pensioners have spent a lifetime contributing to health,education and on & on. Can we find no way of giving them something back? Are we not the 5th/6th wealthiest country in the world!?!
DawnP9
18th Oct 2018
1
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Means testing is inefficient.I would prefer sponsorship to a license.
keithsooty
18th Oct 2018
9
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The licence fee should be scrapped anyway , The rubbish the BBC put on are not worth paying for . It is really just legalised robbery .
Billyboy43
18th Oct 2018
4
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75 in a few days. Rich? Pension frozen. Everything going up excepting for pension.
ZaraEden
18th Oct 2018
3
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Yes, free TV licence at 75
LesleyH69
18th Oct 2018
2
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George Osborne was sly to pass it on to bbc.he and Cameron should be dragged back to sort all the mess out
VeraM6
18th Oct 2018
2
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I agreekits a disgrace Cameron walked away,
JacquieM2
18th Oct 2018
3
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I think after having paid for a licence for over 50 years you should get it free, what a damned cheek and I don't agree with having to pay for it anyway, why should there be a licence, go with advertising BBC !
pinkladycool
18th Oct 2018
6
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Just my luck. I am 72 and have paid my tv license for over 40 years. I think that with the amount of repeated programmes aired by the BBC. They should be paying me to watch. I was counting on not having to pay the fee when I reached 75. Many pensioners cannot afford to heat their homes or go out. TV is all they have to keep connected to the outside world. I think scrapping the free license is a disgraceful move.
Issy
18th Oct 2018
5
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Considering the amount of money BBC pay out in salaries and lack of quality programmes they should not be charging for a licence at all . Also who determines whether or not pensioners are wealthy with UK pensions being one of the lowest against other countries and don't forget over 75's could not save after the war times were hard surely with all that a free licence is not much to give to alleviate the loneliness that some people might experience .
JohnB382
18th Oct 2018
1
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The BBC are going down hill fast repeats poor programmes not value for the money and radio Bristol after 9-00 is nothing but utter rubbish we turn it off
ColinJ5
18th Oct 2018
3
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Why should people of any age pay for a tv licence when all the BBC shows repeats or food programmes most of the time if there not showing these its reality tv which costs them nothing but celebrities pay packets and there so called expences. why can they not raise there own money like the commercial showss Itv do not ask for a penny only the BBC DO
TheresaB2
18th Oct 2018
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I have only just got this reaching 75 ….just a little carrot after working for 58 years …..we don't get many concessions and now they want to take this one away . I am on a pension and I own my own house so I have the upkeep on that ..I get no benefits never had any as I always worked and they didn't give benefits until in the last few years . I don't have the luxuries that the young seem to have these days I have not had a holiday for 20 years ( my husband died 16 years ago) so I am on my own any little thing like this give s me a little treat … with other things they are removing seems as though the attitude is " get to 70 sunshine and life is over you might as well give in )hmmmm...Well don't BBC wish I would have a television with no bbc and just rely on the other channels ..
JohnD875
18th Oct 2018
5
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Yes definitely, with all the repeats that are shown we have seen them several times, so why pay.
JanF
18th Oct 2018
5
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Why are we still paying this anyway ? For half the year the BBC play repeats, yes they make educational programmes but so do other channels. In this day and age when most people view on line and I am sure there are no checks whether they have a license or not, isn’t the fee outdated and obsolete?
BubbleSqueak
18th Oct 2018
7
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I think that the British over 75 have done enough for our country, so to give them a free tv licence is a small price for the BBC to pay!
BrendaW7
18th Oct 2018
1
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All pensioners over 60 should
ChrisM76
18th Oct 2018
4
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BBC is subsidised by the Government anyway.. Isn't it.? Why should Pensioners have to pay.??? We are on restricted income as it is.... At least I am.!! I only get the Basic Pension and am entitled to Pension credit too... I wasn't in any Pension scheme with my employments. Unfortunately....
ChrisM76
18th Oct 2018
3
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BBC is subsidised by the Government anyway.. Isn't it.? Why should Pensioners have to pay.??? We are on restricted income as it is.... At least I am.!! I only get the Basic Pension and am entitled to Pension credit too... I wasn't in any Pension scheme with my employments. Unfortunately....
PaulineB14
18th Oct 2018
6
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After paying for all the previous years to watch the BBC, programmes they deserve a free licence.
LindaN88
18th Oct 2018
5
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If the reason for removing the Free Licence, is that Pensioners are getting richer, please think how and why. It is because we have gone without so much in the past to save for our old age. No Holidays for literally years, not expecting to have the best furniture, 'phones, and enormous televisions, (We are still using a CRT television, not complaining, just saying.)
Many of us still make do and mend. Please don't erode our few perks even further.
IrisC2
18th Oct 2018
2
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Reduce the pay of Gary Linaker or sAck him that would save millions
BarbaraC
18th Oct 2018
2
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We have paid all our lives and deserve some help some of us rely on to as we cannot go out
IanS25
18th Oct 2018
6
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The BBC is nothing more than the government's propaganda channel and it seems as if they're continually brainwashing us. It's about time the licence was scrapped completely for everyone, not just the over 75s.
KathleenC6
18th Oct 2018
3
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a lot of women paid the half stamp so they do not get a full state pension, its hard enough managing household bills, so to get a free bus pass and a free TV licence, is wonderful.
PatriciaJ38
18th Oct 2018
2
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How much more do the BBC want from us.
We've paid all our working lives, precisely that" working". Most of us aren't now.
Stop paying yourselves ridiculous wages for a start, it might help your budget.
RonW5
18th Oct 2018
3
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It isential we pay this so that judges can have a well earned 30% salery increase!
HelenL71
18th Oct 2018
3
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Yes I believe pensioners should have a free TV licence over the age of 75 they should be entitled to it and deserve it.
CarolA27
18th Oct 2018
2
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We paid all these years and with the many repeats now on TV I think we have paid enough
Maz21
18th Oct 2018
6
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Yes as already suggested the majority will have paid the licence fee for many years. There perhaps should be an option to pay if you wish to though. Many elderly people live in nursing care and may have limited funds and for many it may be the only avenue to the outside world.
StanL
18th Oct 2018
8
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Yes of course we should I have only just got mine and they want to change the rules skim so cash of the fat cats that get paid exorbitant wages for doing very little. Leave the OAP's alone
BarbaraG7
18th Oct 2018
1
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Not all of over 75s are wealthy
AgnesM9
18th Oct 2018
1
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Dont agree they should be entitled to it on retirement age.
foty7070
18th Oct 2018
2
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leave it as it is . They need to curb the payments they make to the likes of Lineker and Jonathan Woss. Millions of ££ could be saved.
MichaelN17
18th Oct 2018
1
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Most if not all have paid the BBC licence all their working lives. Now we are older and most have to watch every penny or pound. Many saved hard to enable us to enjoy some semblance of, not a rich retirement but, a comfortable one. Sadly the economy today eats what little we have and that suggestion would be the straw that brakes many a back!
Billythequiche
18th Oct 2018
12
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Yes because;
At that age the BBC has had more than their share of subsidies from these people.
The outrageous money paid to presenters/actors and even worse to the executives.
The vast amount of repeats.
Not showing international sport featuring GB.
Producing cheap, lowest common denominator, ''reality'' TV instead of quality programming.
Encouraging tax evasion and thus endangering tax breaks and benefit levels.
As an apology for not maintaining the standards set at its inception.
EddieD
18th Oct 2018
1
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TV licences should be free for everyone. As there are so many programmes which have been repeated year in year out. Just as well
there are other channels to watch.
xpuffyx
18th Oct 2018
2
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Not all pensioners are rich.....means test it.
Ayrshire lass
18th Oct 2018
6
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I am 80 and as I have worked most of my life and have two private pensions and two small pensions from my late husband all of them do not amount to very much. Along with my state pension I would qualify for pension credit but as I have inherited a little cash combined with savings I am just above the limit for receiving any assistance and have to pay the full amount for specs,teeth etc.
I think that the Television licence should continue to be free but if a fee is introduced it should be £52.00. Per year. This would help the BBC without draining the finances of pensioners like me.
KathleenC22
18th Oct 2018
6
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Aren’t we paying enough taxes we’ve paid all our working life’s and now they want to take one more small concessions
GillianM72
18th Oct 2018
9
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Not all pensioners are getting richer. £82 a week pension doesn't make me rich.
TracyJ1
18th Oct 2018
6
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The amount we pay over the Years for lots of repeats etc - we should be entitled to free
Licences from the age of 70 never mind 75. Get rid of the large wage earners from staff and so-called 'stars' who have no thoughts whatsoever to where their wages are coming from!! Alternatively, just have BBC1 and BBC2 - that would help balance the finances...
sheilagh49
18th Oct 2018
9
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It should be free to over 75’s. For a lot of people it is their only contact with the outside world. It would mean to take it away !!!!
JaneW592
18th Oct 2018
7
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To some older people their TV is the only contact they have with the outside world. Why would you want to deny them this!
Barbsky
18th Oct 2018
1
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I’ve 4 years to wait until I don’t have to pay for s TV licence. I feel that I don’t want to wait any longer than that!!
Cazza15
18th Oct 2018
8
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No way should the BBC be allowed to make pensioners over 75 pay this fee. Most, like my husband and I, worked for nearly 50 years. Pay the newsreaders and presenters less and get their money back that way, they can afford it. It should be free as soon as the state pension becomes payable.
JeffA13
18th Oct 2018
8
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I think the whole idea of a license fee should be looked at. The BBC should start advertising to raise money and stand on its own feet. Maybe if they had to earn money instead of having it handed to them they’d be less wasteful in their spending.
pruwelch
18th Oct 2018
2
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I’m still working and I’m 68 also my husband is and he’s 72 ,can’t we get something free ,
PatriciaP55
18th Oct 2018
5
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If means tested I would not qualify. I worked all my life and have three private pensions. Sounds as if zIm living the high life. No out of that I have only about £40 per month extra on my state pension and out of that have to pay for teeth and glasses. Nearly all my private pensions goes on rent, council tax and water rates. Think we deserve something
Mary Green Army
18th Oct 2018
6
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Not everyone has a huge pension. I'm still working at 71.
PatriciaJ38
18th Oct 2018
1
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LizM61
18th Oct 2018
5
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I don't think anyone should be paying for a TV licence,but should be free to everyone in line with retirement age
SteveR73
18th Oct 2018
4
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If I thought the BBC was value for money then happy to pay when and if I reach 75. They will probably raise the age just like bus passes, which by the way are also under threat. The BBC take no notice of viewers opinions, their editors are alway right!! The past control over their wage structure,over paid presenters and governance and failure to change their ways show to me they are getting worse as an organisation.
Psych
18th Oct 2018
9
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Pensioners are not rich !!
This is just a nasty rumour based on some ard on final salaries!! This is no longer an option so therefore more pensioners will be poorer as we move on. Don’t penalise the thrifty!
StevieC7
18th Oct 2018
1
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Pay per view in that case.
StevieC7
18th Oct 2018
4
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It should be 65 not 75 people of my generation have paid for it all our lives. You should also be able to opt out of BBC channels and not have to pay whatever your age is.
PaulineW42
18th Oct 2018
2
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Like most things, we have paid most of our lives and it's nice to get something in return
sylviaday
18th Oct 2018
4
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No it shouldn't be means tested. Whoever said that pensioners are getting richer needs to try living on the state pension and as the free licence has to be applied for I'm sure that anyone who can afford to pay for it wouldn't apply in the first place.
MargaretW696
18th Oct 2018
9
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Not all pensioners are wealthy and in our younger days we all worked hard for our living and the pittance we get from the government. We are the poorest pensioners in Europe so don't take away what little concessions we get.
DellaW2
18th Oct 2018
9
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I think the licence should be scrapped altogether. They show nothing but repeats and are very biased when deciding what to broadcast
PeterY
18th Oct 2018
1
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I totally agree with you!
DianaH81
18th Oct 2018
1
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Not all pensioners are rich. We had to take equity out of our house to pay for new boiler and change our old car in order to survive any extra expenses arising.
mrc
18th Oct 2018
6
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It a hidden tax , the license should be scrapped . BBC raise your income from advertising like everyone else
grechros
18th Oct 2018
1
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Not ALL pensioners should automatically be entitled to a free TV licence - however those in receipt of Pension Credit are obviously already on a low income and THOSE people should be entitled to the free TV licence.
Foxy69
18th Oct 2018
4
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Pensioners in the UK are the poorest in Europe. Pensioners in Spain are given 1 weeks holiday per year free. We wait till we 75 years to get a free TV licence.
Stop this madness now pensioners are not rich, we troll shops to fine cheapest food. I’m sure not many go to a food bank, they leave that for poor people with children to use. We go without food to have heating on during the winter.
Minimo minimo
18th Oct 2018
4
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What a crock. Pensioners are not getting richer. I think licence should be free to over 70 s anyway. I know no rich pensioners in my circle. I am not rich even after working ALL my working years and more
KarenA19
18th Oct 2018
6
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Definitely no charge for a tv lic for the over 75's.
In my opinion there shouldnt be a lic fee for anyone else either, it needs scrapping, the BBC have proven themselves time and time again that they are biased and can't be relied upon to report truthfully and accurately.
GaynorB16
18th Oct 2018
4
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When there are all sorts of benefits available to younger people it is very ageist to try to remove something that gives so much comfort to the elderly who may be housebound. These people have paid into 'the system' all their lives and deserve a little extra- regardless of their 'means'.
chinagirl2103
18th Oct 2018
3
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It's disgusting that they should take away this benefit. Often it's the only comfort to older people. I think its awful that the BBC still gets licence fees when people have so many other channels anyway. Try not paying the fat cats such huge wages and bonuses, I'm sure that would bring in some money!!!!!!
Minimo minimo
18th Oct 2018
0
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SusanL34
18th Oct 2018
2
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Maybe stop paying rediculas ‘fees’ to so called stars would help the BBC save huge amounts of money.Television is a companion and a lifeline to quite a lot of elderly people who are unable to get out as much as they used to. Why is it always the elderly who get hit with cuts first. They have paid their dues and should be treated properly.
The government should raise pension accordingly if the BBC do make over 75s pay. Lets face it the pension is to low already without making them find an extra £3 + a week out of it.
LynP21
18th Oct 2018
3
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I think everyone over the age of 70 should have a free tv licence as there is nothing really worth watching if im honest.
PatG9
18th Oct 2018
3
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Yes.definately .i am just 75 and het £160 a week to live on .these businesses can afford to let us have free licence
JuneH44
18th Oct 2018
10
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So many lonley pensioners in our country. For some, TV is the only company they have. Government should raise their pension if theyre taking away free TV licence!
ChristineN6
18th Oct 2018
11
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TV licence should be scrapped completely. BBC should advertise like other channels. Instead of plugging their own trailers they could put adverts on.
Ann65
18th Oct 2018
11
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Shouldn't have to pay licence fee at all time it was scrapped
RobertMason
18th Oct 2018
7
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They should just scrap the licence completely. I refuse to pay it so never watch live TV at all any more. Funnily enough, I really don't miss it.
Alicia
18th Oct 2018
-16
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Certainly not, we must all pay our way. Many over 75s have a lot of money and a big house.
RobertMason
18th Oct 2018
2
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angray
18th Oct 2018
0
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HERE HERE WELL SAID
June71
18th Oct 2018
1
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I do not believe ALL pensions over 75 should receive a FREE TV licence. Some pensioners are simply too rich, for eg, someone like Tony Blair Someone high up still working or getting a huge pension, someone who has lots of properties, etc there is a vast array.

However there are many many pensioners who struggle to make ends meet never mind pay towards a TV licence. Many indeed have the TV as their only friend.

Indeed I do not believe any of us should pay for a TV licence given that there are now so many channels on the TV and the BBC seem to have full control over it all, which is not right. TV licencing is also wicked in the way it sends out man power to check on licences, on one occasion a friend who never had a licence for years because they only used DVD's was caught by a skeezebag and tricked my friend into signing something. She did explain they were exempt, it went to court and it was thrown out.

June Brown
PamA7
18th Oct 2018
6
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TV licence should be stopped for all .ln my view ..
JohnK5
18th Oct 2018
3
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Yet again a nonsense report saying that pensioners are getting richer,some maybe but the majority no way.
Perhaps they consider richer to mean that they can afford to heat their residence or buy the odd treat to make life more bearable.
BBC look to your own extravagant ways before punishing the poor and elderly!
Just to put things into context I am a great supporter of BBC and love most of the new programmes,drama especially.
Mikey White
18th Oct 2018
10
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A lot of pensioners over the age of 75yrs have either restricted mobility or limited financial reserves. Being able to watch tv helps reduce feelings of social isolation and is the only company many pensioners have on a day to day basis
JohnS432
18th Oct 2018
4
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The BBC want to scrap the licence ,people have a vast choice and the BBC only caters for a few .if they stop the licence for over 75s all they will do is give bigger rises to them selves and the so called celebrities.
Cas70
18th Oct 2018
11
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People like myself and my husband who have worked all our lives and brought up four children get very few benefits. We are far from rich but because we have planned for our retirement and not thought the country owes us a living we get penalised.All we get is a bus pass a TV licence and fuel payment at Christmas and quite frankly I think we have earned that. If the BBC want to cut costs they should look closer to home and the salaries some of there leaders earn.
sylviaday
18th Oct 2018
1
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Me too and I agree with all you say. There's so many benefits for younger people and the government is intent on taking away one of our few concessions.
LindaB817
18th Oct 2018
2
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Still working as I am worried as to how on earth I will afford to live on my pension. When the time comes (as it surely will) the TV will have to go. Perhaps stop paying silly money to the presenters of your shows.
EdnaS4
18th Oct 2018
5
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As someone who falls between the "haves" and "have not", having a free tv licence at 75 would be a great help. My pensions mean I fall just over the limit for any benefit, but it does cause difficulties with outgoings as I am certainly not pension rich! And I cannot be the only one this applies to!
HappyHippie
18th Oct 2018
3
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we have been paying TV licences for over 50 years, for last few years its been for rubbish programs so i think its only right that for our remaining years we given free licences
KatherineD6
18th Oct 2018
2
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I rarely watch BBC these days & find there iare less quality programs on. So why should we have to pay for a licence when l,m usually on Sky or Netflix!
ChristopherD9
18th Oct 2018
1
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y not we have paid enough over the years
AngieB76
18th Oct 2018
1
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As taxpayers for years who have worked hard and saved when others have not , yes, we deserve the free tv licence ! Small bonus + not free considering how much tax we have paid . Don't understand bit about living with younger relative ! Does this apply if one is 77 and wife is 73 ?
DianaD6
18th Oct 2018
5
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Pensioners living alone should automatically get a free TV licence. It could be the only company they have.
GillS43
18th Oct 2018
3
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Pensioners are on a fixed budget but they are proud & so lots of them would pay it & go without other needs rather than be means tested. This is what the government relies on & they save a fortune on monies that these poor but proud pensioners don't claim for.
ferraripauline
18th Oct 2018
0
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There are many wealthy pensioners . I think it should only be given to the poorest.
When broken down into weekly cost, it's peanuts.
Pensioners living alone need tv for company. If they are over 75 , put them on the list.
For those living with family , they shouldn't qualify.
Just my opinion , but once something is given, it's hard to take it away.
ValerieS39
18th Oct 2018
2
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It’s not really a question of money, more one of limited mobility, and loneliness.
ChrisA219
18th Oct 2018
2
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If pensioners are so wealthy - why do we still have food banks - the BBC should stop wasting public money, and get on with doing what we pay them to do
JaniceL19
18th Oct 2018
2
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Not all pensioners are well off TV Licence and Bus Passes make life a bit easier for some of us.
MandyW13
18th Oct 2018
3
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why should pensioners have to wait till their 75 to get a free licence these dinosaur things should have been abolished yrs ago bring the age back down to 50yrs if you gonna keep thw licences going
doubletrouble
18th Oct 2018
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Difficult one as my husband is just about 75. I think the BBC is being picky considering what they pay their ‘celebrities’. They do produce some excellent dramas and documentaries though. However, I am lucky and it wouldn’t make a huge difference to us but it would to a lot of people. The problem is it would cost more to means test pensioners than it would save. Linking it to benefits is one thing but there are many people not on benefits who would feel the pinch. Who would carry out a means test and who would pay for it in the end!
Jemima6
18th Oct 2018
2
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Some older people only have the television as what they see as company, if this has to be paid for, then many would try to save the money and have no company/stimulation throughout the day. Is this what we want/provide for our elderly folk? O
MoragL
18th Oct 2018
2
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It is a comfort to the lonely and those who are living on the breadline.
GaryN
18th Oct 2018
1
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some may be rich whilst others are struggling just to keep warm
FrancesD1
18th Oct 2018
2
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I am not rich and I envisage being even poorer as I am chronically sick. everything is being cut, my benefits by £30 a week and I am not the only one unfortunately. I rely on my tv for company and my health. what is wrong with this country now - the government just does not care abt the sick, vulnerable, older, jobless and those on hard times. all benefits have been cut and are abt to be cut further. Its a total disgrace.
Milnhaven
18th Oct 2018
5
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This is an outdated tax. Why can't they just put advertising on like all other channels. They are handy breaks for tea and comfort.
I am in my 1st year of free licence and find it helpful to my limited income. Why are pensioners always being targeted...so sad.
Are we living too long now
zacbasher
18th Oct 2018
3
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Not every pensioner is rich sometimes it’s the only company they have
EdwardB2
18th Oct 2018
1
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I feel that if the BBC stopped airing some of the rubbish that it transmits then it would be able to allow pensioners over 75 like myself too have a free licence.
PaulineM2
18th Oct 2018
1
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Pensioners seem to be blamed for everything these days and the retirement age is rising, so at 75 I think everyone should be entitled to a free TV licence. I think the programmes on mainstream tv are crap and not really geared to the older generation, so we shouldn't have to pay.
papigo
18th Oct 2018
0
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For some old folk it’s the only contact they have with the outside world and their only source of entertainment. Is there nothing this government won’t snatch from us ???
ninetoes
18th Oct 2018
4
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Not everyone is getting richer there are a lot od elderly people who do not get sufficient help and still have high bills so the TV is their only form of entertainment and in a lot of cases the only company they have every day. So yes the TV licence should be free for over 75
DorothyS66
18th Oct 2018
1
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It’s should be scrapped, there are some pensioners who struggle to get out or live alone so the TV is a life saver for them.
ChristineY1
18th Oct 2018
5
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England dosent do anything for their pensioners as it is we have worked all our lifes for what pension ages put up pensions not as good as other countries who look after their elderly with free housing and help with gas and electricity now this all because we are all living longer than expected shame on them
PennyL1
18th Oct 2018
3
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It’s ridiculous to consider means testing - it would probably cost more to do this than they make from the licence fee! I’m not sure why we still pay a licence fee anyway - all other channels manage perfectly well without one and I for one probably wouldn’t even notice if we had adverts mid programme - I expect it on every other channel!
David Guy
18th Oct 2018
0
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Many families 'take advantage' of a free licence when a person over 75 lives with them and has a free licence. If the basic pension was given an increase of £150 p.a. (the current licence fee), then every household should pay for the licence - that would also save on administration. Alternatively just scrap the licence fee, but that would send the BBC into commercial competition with the other TV companies, not something they would welcome I'm sure.
Poppyrose
18th Oct 2018
4
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The BBC needs to get a grip on their own finances i.e. stop paying 1.6 million to one person - no-one, absolutely no-one is worth that sort of money. Instead of paying for taxi's everywhere, instead of paying to send all those reporters etc to the Olympics, instead of running re-runs constantly they need to address their budgeting priorities. Pensioners have been paying taxes etc all their lives, one small perk is surely not too much to ask? What planet do these people live on ?
Wendyanson
18th Oct 2018
1
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It should be scrapped altogether for everyone.
maisie59
18th Oct 2018
1
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If the person over 75 lives with younger people, the licence should be paid for.
I also think it should be linked to benefits claimed & income. Many people can afford to pay.
The licence fee shouldn't be increased until the BBC starts paying its 'stars' what they are worth, maybe minimum wage?
LizJ4
18th Oct 2018
0
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Over 75s definitely get more state pension than the new pensioners.
They should all be able to afford the TV licence and probably watch their television more too.
If they stop the free licence, it should be stopped for everyone, not just the rich.
By the way, I am 65, so a pensioner myself, tho I had to wait until til 63. I get nowhere near as much as my older mother and only get a very small private pension. I am a widow, but still pay for my TV licence
GillAbbo
18th Oct 2018
0
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Actually I think all pensioners whatever there age should get a free license xx
LezleyB
18th Oct 2018
2
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For goodness sake. Pensioners do not get pay rises. Why are we penalizing people for being old? I work with the elderly, sometimes their only company is the tv.
angiebev
18th Oct 2018
5
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I think its disgusting in this day and age. most people have digital tv and pay to watching anything but BBC.
And why wait till 75 how many will even bother with tv at 75 my elderly parents watch the free channels. and i don`t think iv ever seen BBC on.
I think they have milked everyone for far to long and its about time it was scraped altogether
GinaP3
18th Oct 2018
1
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I think there are a number if pensioners that should still get a free licence but there are many in a position to pay and I'm afraid many if those are getting additional benefits that they don't spend, but saving the money for their grown up children. Also it means that the cost can be kept lower for everyone else.
I worked for over 44 years so have paid my dues but think we have to be realistic about costs now that we are lucky to be living longer.
RobinF
18th Oct 2018
-3
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It makes simple sense to me that we should be means tested. If pensioner's are wealthy, good luck to them. From a moral standpoint they should voluntarily give up this privilege! Furthermore, they should relinquish the heating subsidy. If they don't, it makes them greedy, selfish and immoral!!
McGilchrist
18th Oct 2018
4
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I object to paying for programmes I do not watch and made by people on unbelievable salarys.
Greatdanes
18th Oct 2018
2
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Tv is our comfort zone in the winter especially, so having to pay such a large amount out again is upsetting when we have reached 75 or more.
MargaretN6
18th Oct 2018
2
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it's a disgrace the BBC don't put anything good on anyway it's always the pensioner that suffers I'm 72 and daren't put my heating on because of the bills just think a little bit about it .these people on benefits get everything and we get nothing and I've worked all my life I'm disgusted
ColinGN
18th Oct 2018
0
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As a man of 72 years, I believe everyone of my age should be banned from watching BBC News.. Instead of clear, concise reporting, it is quite often nothing more than a Conservative party political Broadcast...Not good for my Blood Pressure!
AlanS7
18th Oct 2018
3
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BBC offers nothing new and has even lost most major sports so don't see why we should pay let alone pensioners who get minimal state pensions, they need some relief
AlanS7
18th Oct 2018
1
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BBC offers nothing new and has even lost most major sports so don't see why we should pay let alone pensioners who get minimal state pensions, they need some relief
JanT5
18th Oct 2018
5
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I think the wealthier should have the option to pay if they want to, but quite honesty why would/should anyone want to pay fir BBC? We very very seldom, if ever, watch the BBC!!!
Back off and leave the pensioners alone they have worked all their lives, unlike this ‘entitled’ generation!!!
SuzanneA1
18th Oct 2018
7
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I think licence should be scrapped. Why should we as tax payers pay for BBC. All other television is run on advertising. Do the same with BBC.
SueC564
18th Oct 2018
2
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I have ALWAYS bought a tv licence. I am NOT a RICH pensioner.
I struggle from month to month so was looking forward to next year when my licence would be free.
Maybe the licence fee should be means tested as i know several pensioners who could certainly afford to pay for theirs.
HazelB45
18th Oct 2018
4
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What planet are they on? How about them living on a pension especially a state one, with prices going up every week, I think they've got a dam cheek to even think that!!! It should be free to everyone.........
zebsmum
18th Oct 2018
3
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The BBC has become far to full of its own importance.
What business is it of theirs on who gets free licenses ? We ,the taxpayers pay for this left facing Corporation, and we should be the ones who decides.
I'm my opinion it's about time we ditched licenses altogether and made them compete properly within the industry.
Any organisation who treats, subjects like Brexit and Sir Cliff so utterly unfairly and now wishes to treat its vulnerable viewers, whose only lifeline socially is, in some cases the tv need overhauling. Where is the Watchdog, when we need them ?
jamilla2029
18th Oct 2018
0
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I agree entirely with zebsmum, couldn't have put it better myself!
ChrissyH5
18th Oct 2018
2
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I think the Tv licence should be ablolished and allow advertisers to pay for what our licence fees do currently, seems assured we are the only country that charges for this , maybe the bbc should be an opt in service so you only pay if you use it
StephanH
18th Oct 2018
1
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TV licence should be scrapped
LindaH72
18th Oct 2018
1
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I'm a pensioner but I think if a person over 75 lives with others that are under 75 the household should pay .....single over 75's should get theirs free
AllisonM9
18th Oct 2018
3
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This is the only entertainment a lot of pensioners get. A lot of them are not mobile enough to get out. And there is not a lot of New programs that would interest them. Why should they pay to see repeats that really they have already played for years ago!
JimN6
18th Oct 2018
3
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Why not. I’d love to hear where they get the statistic that pensioners are getting richer?
RogerD
18th Oct 2018
2
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What a loving caring Country we have become.
AnnetteD1
18th Oct 2018
3
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Some pensioners only have a tv for some comfort and if they stop paying themselves as much money and the so called celebs that present half the shows they could make savings in this way.
Phil G
18th Oct 2018
3
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How long has it been up yo the BBC whether or not pensioners get a free TV license? I have always understood that it was the government that made the decision.
FrancesH6
18th Oct 2018
3
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They should scapa the tv licence fee all together.
LynnS513
18th Oct 2018
2
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We've paid all our adult life so we should get it free but I do agree that the very rich should offer to pay.
royalblue1
18th Oct 2018
7
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This will mean more loneliness to those who can’t afford the licence just as the government are spending millions on combating loneliness. It’s just another way for the BBC to get money to pay their extortionist salaries!
MandyC7
18th Oct 2018
2
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A lot of people can’t afford a tv license and I think it’s a waste of money with all the rubbish that’s on tv
Ouma
18th Oct 2018
4
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All pensioners should be entitled to free t.v.licenses. No means tests. If pensioners have a bit of money put aside it's because they worked and saved all their lives, so why should they be punished for doing the right thing?
NancyW6
18th Oct 2018
1
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As we have a lower pension than a lot of other countries we should keep this extra
IreneM8
18th Oct 2018
2
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Tv licence should be scrapped its way overpriced for what it provides, if the BBC are losing money stop paying ridiculous wages to its staff , i doubt most pensioners earn in excess of 250,000 a year and for some older people especially those who live alone the tv might be their only companion
PatriciaB63
18th Oct 2018
9
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A huge amount of pensioners only have the TV for company.
Also I don't understand where they've got the idea pensioners are getting richer from, more lies from the BBC, the only people getting richer are the people being paid obscene salaries by the BBC!
Marilyn Connolly
18th Oct 2018
5
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I am sure there are those pensioners who can afford to lose this benefit, but those of us who are living on Pension Credit Guaranteed, and very little else cannot afford to do so. If there have to be changes, the free licence should still be given to those people who are on Pension Credit Guaranteed. Otherwise we could not have TV at all.
moz19
18th Oct 2018
2
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Stop paying overated celebrities ridiculous payments. The salaries some stars receive are far above what they deserve . Chris Evans being one of them.
Lynden13
18th Oct 2018
2
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Why should people have to pay for a tv licence when 99% of what is on BBC is reguritated rubbish?
Joelly
18th Oct 2018
3
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JanP59
18th Oct 2018
2
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Means tested would be better. If you do not pay income tax then you should be entitled to the free licence.
Alternatively it should be free for everyone
Young low income families are struggling too.
sybclalee
18th Oct 2018
2
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The simplest way would be to give a free TV licence to anyone who receives pension credit.
PatO6
18th Oct 2018
5
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NOt all pensioners are rich! Often the TV. Is all they have . It may be a choice of Watching TV. Or heating/food. Horrible government, one day they will be old.
Marilyn Connolly
18th Oct 2018
0
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Yes, but not poor!
ShirleyE3
18th Oct 2018
6
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Just another nail in the coffin of what used to be a caring sharing country to live in.
LynnR5
18th Oct 2018
8
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I have already lost £48,000.00 as a result of having to wait another 6 years for my old age pension, now am I going to have to pay a tv licence fee too so that i can watch repeated programmes, or American cop shows (yuk) while sitting through adverts for funeral plans....LEAVE SENIOR CITIZENS ALONE AND RESPECT THE CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY WE HAVE ALREADY MADE.....
NikkiB8
18th Oct 2018
6
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yes they should get free licences, if the BBC are pleading poverty they should trim back the ridiculous amounts they spend on people like Chris Evans and give chances to lesser well known people at half the cost.
Witneymum
18th Oct 2018
6
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This would be typical. Just when I thought I could retire, they changed the retirement age. Bus passes were next. Now they’re talking about stopping the free TV licence. So I expect they just want you to work and then drop down and die, having had no pleasure after a lifetime of work. Wonderful, huh?
IngridF2
18th Oct 2018
1
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Yes they should , as there is not a great deal for older people to do .
PamelaE2
18th Oct 2018
7
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I think at 75 you have contributed enough to BBC
MargaretC43
18th Oct 2018
6
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The amount paid to staff by the BBC is rediculous against the small amount to provide pensioners with this service. The BBC has too much money I think the fee should be scrapped and they should just advertise like all other stations. They do a lot of advertising as it is even although they aren't meant to.
gran1949
18th Oct 2018
5
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As far as I am concerned nobody should pay for a licence
Ol shopper
18th Oct 2018
7
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Should scrap the license for everyone The money is just lining the pockets of the bosses of the BBC I hardly watch BBC unless they have a good drama but that’s not very often
PatriciaW39
18th Oct 2018
2
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A lot of old people only live off a small pension it is a great help to them
Terih17
18th Oct 2018
3
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Tv is all some of them have they may be housebound don't get out much or not see anyone from day to day why take from the elderly
Alimaggs
18th Oct 2018
1
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If it’s true that the older generation are richer these days, then it’s because they’ve saved and taken care of what they have. Just because the government penalise them for it, the BBC think they should do the same. Shame on them.
JaniceH28
18th Oct 2018
2
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Does that imply that old people who aren't rich are that way because they have spent all their money all their life and not saved? We have never had money, never will have, never borrow, havent been on a holiday for 18 years. If I'd have had it, I'd have saved it, believe me! It's a bit blasé to say 'We've ended up with money because we have been careful".....implying that others haven't. You don't know people's situations.
Radarman
18th Oct 2018
1
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Trouble is that people take advantage of the system. If an over 75 lives with a younger family then you should pay the full amount, If over 75 and live alone then keep as is. It's the gray area in the middle that's contriversal
PFShacklady
18th Oct 2018
7
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After 60 years of paying into the system think it’s deserved/earned!
SusanR67
18th Oct 2018
4
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Allways paid our licence fee, even when times were tough, not old enough for the free licence yet but I think when I am it will be well deserved
NevR
18th Oct 2018
6
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Obviously their pensions aren’t gold plated enough yet. Perhaps they should stop paying all these celebwities! outrageous amounts of money or shouldn’t they refund us for all the repeats that we have already paid for!!
MargaretD838
18th Oct 2018
9
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Reduce the "over the top" wages for BBC employees. Sending reporters all over the world to report on so called news items, which are not needed. Single pensioners watch TV for company, but does it really need to charge over 75's. No.
Mazbw
18th Oct 2018
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Personally I don’t think anyone should pay a liscence to back up the BBC they are so Conservative lead it’s unmistakable . They are supposed to be independent cover all stories not be gagged by the conservative government
PamelaR61
18th Oct 2018
7
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People of this age have paid enough in their lifetime to entitle them to not have to pay anymore, in a lot of cases the television is their only company, leave it as it is and pay overpaid presenters a little less the pensioners will most likely have worked a lot harder for their money and got paid a lot less: than them.
houn66
18th Oct 2018
5
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If he BBC didn't waste so much money with levels of management, cut back on all the so called correspondents they could afford to keep free licences for over 75's
GrahamW33
18th Oct 2018
7
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A free tv license should be a reward for all the years of paying for a license and putting up with poor programs
jembradleygmailcom
18th Oct 2018
1
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I live on my own and love to watch the television in the evenings.
MayW4
18th Oct 2018
5
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Can I first of all ask”who said us pensioners are getting richer”?and yes I do think over 75 year olds should get a free license,I have always paid without fail for mine for years,I call it putting my cash into the Blinding Bank of Cadgers,hence BBC.Why don’t they go after the people with 5 TVs in their house or hotels with one in every room and paying for only one license,It’s unfair that not just us (supposedly rich oldies ) and others that only have one tv should subsidise the likes of the ones with more than one in their establishment or home.
susanr
18th Oct 2018
4
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Ideally the licence fee should be scrapped as it keeps going up and it is getting too expensive not just for the elderly, but other people too. Also, there are a lot of repeat programmes shown, so why are we paying for same old rubbish.

Would like licence fee scrapped.
LyndaT66
18th Oct 2018
2
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Not all pensioners are rich .more are on minimum benefits than are rich so should be means tested.
MaryO55
18th Oct 2018
3
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We now rarely watch much on the BBC as we seem to obsessed with programmes such as Celebrity Masterchef and The Apprentice these shows have very little interest and all there dramas lately seem to be fixated on stories based around the supernatural
MargaretC141
18th Oct 2018
3
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I don’t think we should have to pay a license For bbc tv as most people have sky or virgin it should come with that so scrap the licence
snowyrose51
18th Oct 2018
3
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The licence needs to be scrapped altogether as it keeps going up and not only the elderly cannot afford it.
JayneG5
18th Oct 2018
0
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There doing this because of loosing all the fees from people who just stream their tv
ShelleyC63
18th Oct 2018
3
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Not all pensioners are rich. Leave it as it is. Reduce the number of channels and leave well alone
Margaret Hart
17th Oct 2018
7
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I would think 80% of over 75s watch a lot of television particularly those on their own I believe for their safety the licence should be free. Also pensioners have lost such vast amounts of their pensions through no fault of their own it doesn’t hurt to help.them out with this. There seems to be too much talk about what they can grab backrather than anything to ease the load.
Malcmister
17th Oct 2018
9
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With the amount of repeats they should pay us
Gwendaelizabeth
17th Oct 2018
2
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A very complex issue here. So many scenarios. I would say free for everyone over 75 as it would be too difficult/expensive to means test it.
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17th Oct 2018
8
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JaniceH28
18th Oct 2018
0
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So a married couple,of,pensioners with no money still have to pay? Why would they be better off than a single man?
Marie 1
17th Oct 2018
0
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But i do think it should be means tested especially for less well off families
jacacc1210
17th Oct 2018
9
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It is time for the TV Licence to be scrapped permanently for everybody & not just the over 75's. The BBC is just turning out so many bad programmes now and they don't seem to employ the writers of the calibre of John Sullivan and many more like him anymore. The standard of the BBC as a whole apart from the few programmes like David Attenborough has been steadily going down hill for the last 20 years or more. The BBC belongs in another age and time and it's about time it learnt to stand on its own two feet and be more competitive with the other channels instead of public money being wasted. That is the reason why so many people pay to watch Sky, Netflix, Amazon, Youtube or so many other free offerings on the internet.
I for one hate paying a TV licence when there is so little to choice or quality on any of the BBC channels, yet we are all forced to pay the licence fee to keep this dinosaur of tv going.
[deleted]
17th Oct 2018
1
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jacacc1210
17th Oct 2018
2
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I know and understand that as the money raised from the licence fee goes into all the different channels & formats that the BBC has. But it about time that money from the licence fee was better spent and managed or scrap it altogether for everybody and not just the over 75's. The BBC back in the day was the leading channel in the world with its great programming & writers, but as I said it has been on a downward spiral for a number of years and it is about time the whole organisation and the way it is funded is reviewed and brought into the modern world.
Yagala
17th Oct 2018
3
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I have had a free license longer than 2 years as I am 79 at the moment and my free license started when my dear wife was still with me before she passed away in September 2014 and I still hear saying that the free license
was very good because we do not watch regularly TV, too much rubbish is put and it is just to much to even look at it.
I have bought then quite a few films on DVD and Video to watch we like to see and thus we only use the TV as a viewer for our kind of info we like to watch.
Wilf
17th Oct 2018
4
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People should pay if they can afford it and it should be free to those who are less well off. The only point I would make is will it be harder to differentiate these 2 sets of people as quite often the bureaucracy costs more than just making a service free for all.
[deleted]
17th Oct 2018
1
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Wilf
17th Oct 2018
1
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Thanks hank. Its interesting as we are all prepared to pay for movies etc and in that respect the beeb does offer fantastic programmes, news, dramas and informative programmes plus films all world class but gets slated. That is the nature of the British though...never happy unless we are moaning! Its probably a good thing though as it does get stuff done.
Pete H
17th Oct 2018
1
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I think that a free licence should ONLY be available to those that need it. There are many of us who can easily afford to pay and so there should be some sort of means testing to determine those who need it.

The BBC is a national treasure to be cherished and those that can afford to pay should do so. We pay for Sky, Netflix etc so should be doing the same to keep the BBC going.
Wilf
17th Oct 2018
1
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Good point Pete H we also pay for services from Amazon, Netflix etc. I would rather pay and have excellent services from the BBC than the opposite.

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