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Do you agree with the TV licence changes for over-75s?

Free TV licence fees for over-75s are to be means-tested, the BBC has announced. 

From June 2020 around 3.7 million households which previously received a free licence will now have to pay for one.

Households without someone who receives Pension Credit will now have to pay for the licence.

BBC director-general Tony Hall said the move was “not an easy decision”.

It is thought 1.5 million households will be eligible for the free licence under the new scheme, which will cost the BBC around £250 million by 2021/22 depending on the take-up.

Licence fees were being reviewed by the BBC, with the full cost of concession due to be passed to the corporation from government in June 2020.

Facing financial pressures and attempting to streamline, the BBC has said previously that shouldering the burden of free licences would “fundamentally change” the broadcaster.

The threat of scrapping the free licence drew criticism from campaigners who stressed its importance for the elderly.

Lord Hall has announced that licence fees will now be linked to Pension Credit and will be means-tested.

“This has not been an easy decision,” he said. “Whilst we know that pensioner incomes have improved since 2000, we also know that for some the TV licence is a lot of money.

“I believe we have reached the fairest judgment after weighing up all the different arguments.

“It would not be right simply to abolish all free licences. Equally, it would not be right to maintain it in perpetuity given the very profound impact that would have on many BBC services.

“This decision is fairest for the poorest pensioners. Around 1.5 million households could get free TV licences if someone is over 75 and receives Pension Credit. It protects those most in need.

“And importantly, it is not the BBC making that judgment about poverty; it is the Government who sets and controls that measure.

“It is fairest for all audiences – of all generations, old and young – who we know value the BBC and the programmes and services we provide. It means these services can continue.”

The corporation was due to take over the cost of free TV licences as part of its new charter agreement which commenced in 2017.

The shift from government to the broadcaster was being phased in, with sole responsibility set to begin from 2020, when it was estimated to cost the BBC around £725 million.

Pensioners had protested at the possibility of the concession being scrapped, and concerns were raised by some MPs over removing the free licence.

It has been argued that the elderly are more likely to watch BBC programmes, which can act as a from of companionship and an antidote to social isolation.

Campaigners have also claimed that many older people in the UK struggle financially, and would find it difficult to pay the full fee.

Chairman of the BBC Sir David Clementi said: “Linking a free licence for over-75s to Pension Credit was the leading reform option. It protects the poorest over-75s, while protecting the services that they, and all audiences, love.

“It is the fairest and best outcome. It is one we can implement and endorse. This is an outcome that is the fairest possible in difficult circumstances.”

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SheilaMay
11th Oct 2019
0
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Why doesn't a TV company make a TV set that does not allow BBC Chanel's to be shown. I, for one, can happily do without the BBC. I rarely watch it anyway.
Dougie123
20th Sep 2019
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No, I do not!

However, the BBC needs money to do whatever they must do so ...

Why not increase the TV Licence by an equitable percentage for those who are under 75?

Why not make those who are young pay just a little but toward those who are heading for the sunset?

Why not fine those "thieves" who get a TV Licence in the name of the elderly family member and then allow the family to enjoy TV for free?
VeraS
3rd Sep 2019
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I agree to it being means tested (now im for it)
chinagirl2103
23rd Aug 2019
1
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I'm afraid I don't agree with tv licenses full stop. BBC used to be a great channel but nowadays they follow the same path as other channels, reality tv. Apart from the odd documentary or drama most of it isn't very good. When there is so much choice out there, hundreds of channels, why do we need to pay the BBC for the privilege of watching tv. Not only should over 75s not have to pay no-one should
MartinS6
21st Aug 2019
1
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How is it that the government are pursuing our exit from Europe in order to save money and yet at the same time are looking to cut free TV licenses and to increase the pension age? It is clear they have their own political agenda that has nothing to do with the best interests of your average person!
JAM
29th Jul 2019
1
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You must blame the government NOT the BBC
But there are bigger issues that the government will not face, the
Scandal of the 2 billion pound spent on mobility payments
If they sorted out this mess they could easily pay the TV license
Polly70S
28th Jul 2019
3
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I think that it is disgusting that people over 75 will have to pay for their TV licence,
When you look at some of the excessive pay packets that some of these people on the TV receive. In my view none of these people actually earn that money & it is a disgrace.
Of course there are many people who can well afford to pay for their licence,but then there are those that cannot & the TV is some peoples only comfort.
Missymoo
26th Jul 2019
3
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Was a nice thing to look forward to AND, a majority of elderly people are unable to leave the house without help so the t.v is their only gonna tion with the world
Also, it was something to look forward to as a "Thankyou" for your commitment to the UK !!!!
123Siobhan
21st Jul 2019
1
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If I thought for one minute that the money would be spent on decent programming I wouldn't be nearly so bothered. However the salaries many of the BBC staff receive are obscene. Even the commercial companies are awful with the 'reality shows'. the TV licence along with the bus pass and th winter fuel allowance are not benefits. We have worked and paid into the system all our lives and to have these taken away is disgusting. But then governments have always penalised the old and infirm.
Tr1sh
21st Jul 2019
1
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I think it is mean but then I think the vulnerable are rarely treated well, perhaps because they do not have a strong enough voice.

This fantasy that many pensioners are wealthy and spend their lives making merry does not accord with what I see or the older people I know.

I say, be careful what you wish for. One day the smug "let's means test them" brigade might find themselves in less fortunate circumstances and end up victim to the system they so carelessly support today.
CynthiaA4
17th Jul 2019
0
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While I am not housebound I do not like going out alone after dark and I am probably slightly over limit to claim pension credit.
Len33
17th Jul 2019
2
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The BBC (Biased Broadcasting Company) should have moved on with the rest of the world a long time ago and gone commercial.
The absolutely grotesque amounts of money given to the likes of Lineker, etc should be made a criminal offence!
I stopped watching the television more than three years ago and, instead, I watch all sorts of things via my ipad on YouTube.
I can watch, what I want to, when I want to, and no TV licence is necessary.
I do not like sports programmes:Cooking: Soaps: Gardening: Antique repeats, or lots of other so called "entertainment" rubbish that you have to fork out £154.50 to gawp at.
These days, you can 'stream' the ipad to either an HDMI socket on the rear of your TV set, or to the HDMI socket on a monitor.
All that is needed, is a Google (No, I get nothing from them for mentioning that name) Chromecast adapter and they can be purchased from lots of different places, both online and off.
BettyK7
17th Jul 2019
4
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I think it is disgusting taking away 75s free tv licence what is this country coming to a lot of pensioners fought for this country i know my husband did they are going to meanstest dont forget some people miss out by a few pounds or even pence to claim anything and the tv is a life line to a lot of pensioners
davegthomas2
13th Jul 2019
4
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The BBC broadcast lots many repeats can I use my TV Licence for last year for this year as a 'repeat'?
The government has back heeled this one to the BBC after promising in their manifesto not to change it!
While we are at it the BBC should stop paying all the 'celebs and ex sportsmen (Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, etc) silly obscene salaries.
Goldengirl2
10th Jul 2019
6
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For many seniors the TV is their only source of entertainment
and connection with the outside world.

The BBC pays many of their staff exorbitant salaries - disgusting
to think they would penalize seniors - many of whom struggle
to make their meagre incomes stretch to meet day to day
necessities of life.
RodotH
6th Jul 2019
3
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Don't forget that the BBC broadcast all over Europe as well as the World Service. Who pays for all that? British licence payers that's who. The BBC can well afford to let the free licence for over 75's carry on. Those over 75 don't stay up watching late programmes, they don't listen to the World News, The only BBC programmes they would watch are Eastenders, some sport, and Strictly. They don't watch pop music programmes. Which means that they will be paying for things they don't watch. Which in turn means they are subsidising those who do watch all BBC programmes, night and day. The government and the BBC between them have opened a can worms. To top it all the government has turned the BBC into another government department for taxation because the TV licence is a tax to view. Nothing more and nothing less. It's just another tax.
Plum44
1st Jul 2019
3
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Since this fee only covers BBC channels, I’d like a button on my tv that disconnects them. There are plenty of other options on Freeview!
Yodama
1st Jul 2019
0
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My feelings exactly, the problem is, I think other channels have to pay the BBC a fee, not sure about this.
I hardly ever watch TV, use it mainly as a huge monitor for gaming.
Cecelia1
6th Jul 2019
2
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I completely agree with you Plum44 - who needs the BBC anyway.
ElisabethR
1st Jul 2019
1
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If its a choice between a tv licence or bus passes retain thebbus pass.
Goldengirl2
10th Jul 2019
1
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Should not really be a 'choice' - both offer seniors an opportunity to interact and communicate with the world around them.

But I would agree that retaining the bus pass might be the choice if

required.,
ElisabethR
10th Jul 2019
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Exactly it shouldn't be a choice. Not really thought about it too much. There are those who think it will become a tax on us who prepared for their retirement, therefore just getting their pension but not qualifying for any other payment at all. I am one of the fortunate ones. I dont actually buy a tv licence anyway....not old enough for a freebie yet....I share a house with my daughter, her husband and children. They buy the licence. I watch little and although I have listened only to BBC radio 4 for years I recently discovered LBC radio. If nothing else it gives me the required adrenalin shot to get going in the morning!
ElisabethR
1st Jul 2019
3
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The BBC is a public broardcasting company and as such shoul retain a neutral stance at all times. They have failed to do so. Most of my friends watch fewer BBC programmes these days. It is definately time the licence fee was scrapped. Let them run the station on advertising revenue like all the others do. It's time.
12michael
1st Jul 2019
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Although still 71 , it should still be retained to add insult to other petitions , The House Of Lords are also trying to abolish it along with bus passes see this e-petaton.
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/259179?fbclid=IwAR1fTNedDFIqtqRasLeguGWAfTS9b0dmtoOS01u8i2bePgZDiwslp8owxHI
Jenny Penny
30th Jun 2019
1
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Means testing sounds like just so much " make work " and will probably cost more managing it than the savings made by charging everyone a license fee.. Charge every person over 75 a fee based on their age. With the fee getting less as they age.
RodotH
29th Jun 2019
1
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When those unsavoury characters come knocking at your door to see your licence DO NOT ask them in. They have no right to enter your home, they are NOT High Court Bailiffs. They cannot demand entry.
RodotH
29th Jun 2019
3
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It has come to light that the BBC raised their broadcaster salaries by £10,000 each last year. They want the pensioners to pay for that increase. They should be called the British Bankrupt Corporation. That's what will happen to pensioners who have to pay up. There are very few pensioners who will qualify for the Pension Credit. For the past 20 years, there hasn't been a single government which has increased the lot for pensioners. They have always seen to it that those who are down stay down.
sparrer
29th Jun 2019
0
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I''m very fortunate that I could afford to pay for the licence but agree that it should be means tested. Why shouldn't those retired people who go on cruises, have holiday homes, etc pay for a licence? Why should those who have struggled all their lives to make a living, perhaps with no spare cash to put by for retirement, have to pay? I work in a charity whose clients come from both ends of the financial spectrum and it's the better off who complain most The poor struggling pensioner is mostly resigned to being robbed by just another big corporation which is so very wrong. I doubt the BBC has taken into account the cost of policing this proposed system though, and will eventually charge everyone regardless of age or situation, the same.
jan53
28th Jun 2019
0
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I just don’t think TV license is something that should be means tested , if it has to be paid for by over 75s ( which I believe it shouldn’t) then so be it .Means testing will result in people that have worked and saved for their retirement will lose out ,while the the ones that haven’t worked or not saved for retirement will yet again get a benefit for something that after all isn’t a necessity.
GrannyJack
28th Jun 2019
3
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We could still have free licence if the BBC didn’t pay such outrageous salaries to so called stars. Plus the number of repeats goes up all the time.
LyndaR5
28th Jun 2019
1
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The licence should be abolished completely. Sick of paying for the BBC and its propaganda.
NAN2
28th Jun 2019
4
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Govt should not have revoked this free licence for over 75 without checking if all can afford it .To be honest the ones who cant pay are the ones who need it most as probably only human contact for days on end .Over 75,s who have the means to pay are probably off travelling or at golf or similiar. BBC should be happy to give free TV to all pensioners as we have all served our country in one way or another all our lives
mokershaw
28th Jun 2019
4
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My only income is State Pension and I pay £3 every week from this for my TV licence. I have no objection to this, I have paid this way for the past 10 years. HOWEVER i do resent the fact that MP's can claim for their TV licence at however many homes they own!!
Woodland02
28th Jun 2019
1
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The government can fund the money to pay for royal family renovations of £2.4m so they can give free tv licences o the over 75s. Most of the royals are multi millionaire s so can afford to pay for their children’s propertied
SueC62
28th Jun 2019
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It is a luxury not a necessity, in general, so it's a difficult one. I can see the point in means testing for any 'perk' but the cost of administering it will probably cancel out any savings and who will administer it? The Beeb or the government?

However there are many other areas where the BBC could rein in their spending, such as in their working environment. I won't say any more as my last employer benefited from that, as did my bonus!
RodotH
29th Jun 2019
0
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The television licencing authority will administer it. Those unsavoury people who knock at your door and demand to see your licence.
VeraS
6th Jul 2019
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What do you mean luxury to some people its a lifeline
SueC62
6th Jul 2019
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Quite true, it may be a lifeline to some, but if you re-read what I put, I said it's a luxury, not a necessity in general.
current1950
27th Jun 2019
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Licences should be implimented on all new applicants only - it would be fare for all.
RodotH
26th Jun 2019
3
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Australians do not pay a tv licence at all. In 1972, every Australian household refused to pay the tv licence. The government had no choice but to scrap it. They couldn't prosecute the whole country, could they? Mind you, the Ozzies are a belligerent lot. This country couldn't do that. Or could we? There were 5.6 million Australians in 1972. There are 66 million of us in this country. But the people here stick together like oil and water over matters like this.
RodotH
25th Jun 2019
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The House of Lords is trying to advocate that the triple lock controlling the pension should be done away with and that the pension increase should be linked to the average national wage rise. That's all very well for the Ermine clad brigade to suggest that. It would be a good idea to have their remuneration increased by the average national wage as well.
The national wage has been stagnant for the last ten years, but household utility bills have increased. But for the triple lock that would have meant a reduction in the pension income. An income that has been earned and paid for when today's pensioners were working.
RodotH
25th Jun 2019
1
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The 'free' television licence has been part of the over 75's income for the last 20 years and is now an established part of their pension. To remove it would constitute a reduction in the pension for the over 75's. That equates to the discrimination of the over 75 pensioners.
RodotH
25th Jun 2019
3
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We the government (that's us), can't afford the television licence for over 75's. But we the government (that's us), can afford £2.4 million for Meghan and Harry's cottage.
olivep
24th Jun 2019
1
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No, I agree with "Raindrop" I do not believe the license should be scrapped!
DollyPeel
23rd Jun 2019
2
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I honestly don't mind paying. It's worth it just to watch with no advert breaks.
Raindrop
21st Jun 2019
3
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Everyone over 75 should receive a free tv license, these pensioners have paid for one all their lives. Yet again the government seeking to save money hits the poorest and most vulnerable in society. Come on and do the right thing by these hard working people, if not at least reduce the fee by half for them.
RodotH
26th Jun 2019
2
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Hi Raindrop. The free tv licence for the over 75's has been established for 20 years and is now an integral part of the pension when a person reaches 75. To now make them pay for it equates to a reduction in the pension for those who are already over 75 by having to fund a licence out of their pension payments, thereby reducing the money available to them. That constitutes a reduction in the pension and is discriminatory to the over 75's by reducing their pension in this way.
Darkstar
20th Jun 2019
4
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In this day and age the licence should be scrapped anyway. They say it will stay for over 75s on pension credit. I know for a fact one with a big house over 2oK in the bank, and pension credits of £81 per week taking her weekly pension to £279
RodotH
26th Jun 2019
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I daresay there are such cases, but unless you can prove that, it's just hearsay.
Darkstar
26th Jun 2019
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I can prove it RodotH. She is my mother in law, and age concern filled in her pension credit forms. So as i say. How is it means tested?
VeraS
6th Jul 2019
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How do you know that? Or is it you
DipsyDitsy
19th Jun 2019
2
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I am part Yes and part No. I have heard so many older people saying 'Free TV licence is nice but I can afford one'.
It just doesn't seem appropriate for the BBC to pay for free licences for anyone including over 75s. I'd believed that paying for such as TV licences was factored into the amount of applicable benefits to anyone who relies on income related benefits, such as Pension Credits, from the government.
I don't have Sky or similar but I know quite a few pensioners including over 75s who do have them.
I have a feeling that the Government woke up one day and said to themselves, ''why did we start this free TV licence business in the first place''
UnaN4
18th Jun 2019
5
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The BBC TV licence should be scrapped altogether. In this day and age, it is a joke, a laughing matter. We have over 800 channels with quite a huge number on Freeview paid for by advertising and if we want extra we have a choice, Sky, Virgin or Netflix, but it IS a choice. Why should we made to pay such thing as a TV licence?
Mary Lincoln
18th Jun 2019
3
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It make me cross, it is always the old age pensioners that are picked on to pay for failing companys.Because we worked hard and saved for the future. Government's think we have money stashed away. Yes,there are some people who have been lucky enough to have had well paid jobs. The majority are just keeping the wolf from the door. Lots have lost their partners in life and the tv is the only company they have apart from looking at 4 walls every day. Their pensions are not hardly enough to get them through the week let alone pay for TV. What next will be taken from us? All this government wants is to be rid of us we are past our sell by date. Yes! I am cross.
Felix1
16th Jun 2019
1
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It is a welcome perk but sensibly, yes, it should be means tested.
Lionel
16th Jun 2019
3
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Felix, why should it be means tested? We give winter heating allowance to all pensioners, we pay pensions to rich and poor, why is this so different?
Marl
17th Jun 2019
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Hi Felix we need heating to keep warm and pensions for food ...these are necessities TV is a luxury.
Felix1
17th Jun 2019
1
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Same applies to winter heating. Pensions are different, we actually contributed towards this. It is not a perk.
VeraS
6th Jul 2019
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Tell that to someone on their own you have no idea
barryp
16th Jun 2019
4
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BBC staff are over paid Why should be subsidize there Salary
VeraS
16th Jun 2019
2
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Why should wealthy pensioners get free licence
Lionel
16th Jun 2019
1
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They've paid taxes all their working lives too! Usually a heavier tax burden then you and I.
RodotH
26th Jun 2019
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Veras; It's obvious your not a pensioner, or you would know that the majority of pensioners are far from being wealthy.
VeraS
6th Jul 2019
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thats where you are wrong i passed that milestone a long time ago and i am far from wealthy
Kelly1419
16th Jun 2019
3
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When we leave the EU the BBC will lose the huge subsidy it gets from the EU. They have to find that money from somewhere else, Some executives earn more than the PM. The BBC could certainly cut out the waste, millions of pounds on taxis etc. The tv is sometimes the only voice the housebound hears all day. I think the BBC should be a subscription service and then we would see how many people would pay for all the repeats.
Lionel
16th Jun 2019
1
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I do so agree the BBC should reduce waste. We only know a small part of it. But, in all honesty, can you see it happening? I can't say I do.

0If we make the BBC a subscription service only that might be worse for people older than we are, more costly.

Just tell the BBC no, or else!
Marl
16th Jun 2019
3
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I think it is fair that it is means tested. Re member that means that the poorest people will NOT have to pay. I have lots of retired friends who can afford to go abroad 4 times a year and have expensive cars which is great for them but they can well afford to pay a TV licence.
RodotH
26th Jun 2019
2
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Marl; Not every pensioner is wealthy. Most of them are not. If you want a few home truths, when Gordon Brown was chancellor he advocated that everyone should take out their own pension policies. Then. he taxed the monthly payments for those pensions. Then he taxed all monthly payments for all insurance contributions. So pensioners were doing what the chancellor wanted and being taxed for the privilage of doing that. The BBC is a bloated institution, who are overpaying their radio and tv broadvasters with money the BBC gets from their licence contributers. It's high time they were told a few home truths. Namely that the pension is paid for a lifetime of servitude to this country, not so that the BBC can milk it.
Nan
15th Jun 2019
3
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The television is so valuable to the elderly I think this move would increase loneliness. It also helps people keep up with the news and what is going on in the country.
Margsret3skycom
15th Jun 2019
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Why not find the people that do not pay for their t v licence.And is it true M PS do not pay
MAgH
15th Jun 2019
3
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I am disappointed, disgusted etc. After all the fuss made about “D” day the people who are going to suffer are those they were praising.
Some of the salaries paid by BBC are beyond belief perhaps some of the recipients could take a pay cut
themole
14th Jun 2019
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I don’t agree with the licence fee for anyone as TV has been transformed since I was a child. Stopping the licence for over 75s will probably cost as much to administer as giving it free to all. Who wants to be 75+ having to justify why they should be given a free tv licence and how many won’t bother and spend their final days shut off from the rest of the world. Don’t blame the BBC - it should never have their call to make x
Lionel
17th Jun 2019
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But it was their call, Mole, and they made the least popular call since they think they're secure in licence payers fees. Yet people in droves are refusing to pay a TV licence and going over to Sky, Netflix etc.

No pensioner should ever be made to justify their income since in so very many cases it is State paid and the State knows what they get. It's just further humiliation for our aged folk, and I'm one of them!
Ciel
14th Jun 2019
3
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What about those receiving minimum pension and not able to receive credit?
Yodama
14th Jun 2019
4
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You can sign a petition if you have a minute or two.
Government and the Beeb need to know just how many are fed up with their attempt to squeeze the old to make their fat cats fatter.

petition.parliament.uk/petitions/234627

www.ageuk.org.uk/our-impact/campaigning/...tv-for-older-people/
Lionel
14th Jun 2019
2
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Signed. Mouth and money have come together, so to speak.
Belal
14th Jun 2019
1
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Its should still be free to all over 75 they have probably been paying it for 50years or more also if you don't get pension credits it doesn't mean you well off by the time you have paid full for all Bill's council tax electric gas water new boilers repairs to house or full rent help in the home ect with no help you have no more in your pocket than someone on pension credits they are a good thing but just making the point if you have too much coming in and can't claim does not mean you are well off and if you have savings the government will soon nibble at it with tax and later on care fees .
chriswelch
14th Jun 2019
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I may be a bit out of line here but i think the licence fee should be scrapped altogether as the BBC seems to have lost its way the last few years. It seems to broadcast more repeats now and a lot of news appears on other broadcasters that the BBc never mentions. I may be a bit cynical but it's just my opinion. No offence meant
Lionel
14th Jun 2019
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You're not out of line Chris, I completely agree with you.
pat123
14th Jun 2019
2
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Is it £155 the cut off point for pension credit. How the heck can people live on £156 a week??? Also now they will have the t.v. licence to pay after age 75. The BBC should find other ways, just like other companies to pay their way.
Doyle
13th Jun 2019
4
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My late husband was 17 years older than myself and had free tv licence since it came in. He died sept. 2017 and since I was over 75 I received the same. I do not get pension credits as I was self employed and struggled to pay for a very small private pension. £3.00 per week is a lot to find and no doubt this will go up. Those of us who have worked hard and done what we thought was the right actions are always the losers. I shall be 80 next year.
Juliegs
13th Jun 2019
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I think it's disgusting. Haven't we paid enough all our lives, through taxes etc? This is just another despicable shot at the most vulnerable in our society, taking away a little bit of comfort in their twilight years. For many it is the only bit of joy they have in their lives.
Sues 65
13th Jun 2019
3
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What is the point of working all your life and saving your money
LindaC443
13th Jun 2019
2
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The BBC have more need to stop paying these ridiculous wages. If they did that there would be no reason to stop TV licences to over 75s. People are sooooo greedy sometimes and never think of others.
Bbbsteel
13th Jun 2019
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The line between qualifying for pension credit and failing to qualify is pretty low. About as low as the politicians who have placed the BBC in this awful position. If the government thinks that this is a good idea, to raise taxes from poor pensioners, then the cost of the TV licence should be taken into consideration, when pension credit is calculated.
Elliann
13th Jun 2019
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Why does the bbc advertise the there would be no argument because it would do away with the licence con
senior37
13th Jun 2019
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I have worked all my life & paid all dues & taxes & i resent anyone who says we do not deserve these [perks] especially pampered house of lords who are well passed their sell by date.
Barryb54
13th Jun 2019
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Typically again something that the lower end of the income spectrum will not be able to afford. Means testing is always a failure, especially for those that are even one penny on the wrong side of it. If it is to be means tested at all then it should be based upon total income, not pension credit.
Always hitting the poorest in society who may be disabled or house bound for some reason and now when their incomes are probably the lowest in their lives the government wants to take even more from them. For, make no mistake, it is a TV tax which all honest people have been paying for many years before they get to 75!
Westminster
12th Jun 2019
2
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I think that if you have paid for a TV Licence for 10 years or more, and you are over 75, it should be free.

My most preferred option would be though, that the BBC become a subscription service, you pay as you view.
redboots
12th Jun 2019
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The TV is a vital lifeline for many, there are millions who If the TV was withdrawn would vegetate. That’s a very serious situation and it puts a very great cost on the NHS. That’s what they need to think through.' ….saying
Interbrew
12th Jun 2019
3
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We should be able to opt out of the BBC. Or at least have some say over salaries paid to stars and programs they put on.
Elliann
13th Jun 2019
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JoanB548
12th Jun 2019
2
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I'm disgusted with the decision! My mum is 93 and still lives at home, the tv is her link to the outside world. I know a lot of pensioners who are struggling and could not afford to pay and those that can have worked and saved all their lives to be comfortable and they deserve something back.
The BBC fat cat bosses should take a pay cut I bet they will line their pockets a bit more, well the pensioners are an easy target, no good saying those on Pension Credit can get it free, the forms they fill in to get it are too much for many elderly people and they have never claimed in their lives.
Come on BBC show a bit of compassion!!
Lionel
12th Jun 2019
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Doesn't this crime against pensioners make a mockery of all the celebrations, remembrances and testimonies about the Normandy landings in recent days?

How can our politicians and Royals appear so sincere in public the while knowing these same pensioners were about to be deprived of their BBC TV without paying £154 a year?

Yet another nail in the Establishment's coffin?
Flobbin
12th Jun 2019
3
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To be fair this news has just come out, a few days after the D Day Remembrances.

This crimes is simply a Government CON orchestrated by George Osbourne at the time of sorting out a new Charter for the Beeb.
The Beeb wanted to be able to raise the Licence fee, Osbourne wanted to relieve Government of its responsibility for covering the cost of Free TV Licences for over 75's. As a slimy Politician he conned the Beeb negotiators into trading the ability to raise the Licence fee, in return they accepted the cost of free licences, probably without fully realising the full implications.

Now the chickens are coming home to roost.
Responsibility lies firmly with Government, they of course wriggle out of it by blaming the Beeb.

The Beeb now has to justify its bloated Management structure, & excessive salaries/fees/payments to presenters.

How can the Possibly justify payments of close to £4m to just 3 presenters, 2 of whom I never watch and the third I have never hear of?

Its not the BBC TV you will be deprived of. The Licence Fee is not paid to enable you to watch, it is to allow you to keep a TV as a useful? pet which enables you to watch any TV programmes.
Lionel
12th Jun 2019
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All you say, Flobbin, is quite correct.

In the last 100 years the State has appropriated to itself more and more power over individual's lives. It is now so unwieldy as to make Great Britain ungovernable. Wilson declared that in 1965!

I'm a long time firm believer in a small state, low taxation, freedom of choice and responsibility for one's words and actions. I'm also utterly convicted the welfare state should be removed from the political arena along with education, Police, the NHS, the military and local councils - today, little more than an arm of national government.

As far as Auntie Beb is concerned it is way out of control and must be reined in. John Whittingdale began but was summarily sacked by Cameron. I guess Osborne had a hand in that too. The Beeb is not a sacred cow. It must, absolutely must be open to detailed scrutiny and held to account when it's spending is questioned; when it's impartiality is compromised as we observe now.

The BBC Charter must be a meaningful document; one which senior management may be held to account.
MaryL19
12th Jun 2019
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I do not qualify for pension credit as my husbands income is tagged into this,I only have a pension of £50 a week and would not be able to afford a licence if Iwas on my own,
HelenP36
12th Jun 2019
3
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Actually, I fail to see why there should be a licence fee at all now in this day of pay as you use TV channels.

If the BBC has become outdated then it should evolve like all other businesses have to to survive and not simply put up its prices to keep going the same way.

If we must be lumbered with the fee then I believe it should simply be the right of all pensioners who only have the state pension as income to be forgiven the fee totally. I am sure that those pensioners over 75years old who have private sources of income would be happy to pay this levy. But in my mind it comes back to why there should be this fee in the first place. It is just not appropriate today.
janp
12th Jun 2019
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this is often the the only company some older people get let them have it for nothing
AnniD6
12th Jun 2019
3
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As far as I am concerned, most people over 75 have paid into the system all their lives and absolutely deserve to have a bit of comfort in their Autumn years. I totally disagree with this decision, I hope it gets overruled!
Flobbin
12th Jun 2019
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Totally agree Anni, but I don't think its that simple.

Government will blame the Beeb.

Beeb Has to get Finance, probably that needs to be changed.

You need a Licence to Drive, Pay a Tax to keep a vehicle on the road, keep a TV whatever Programmes you watch(even pay to view)..

My pension increase do not evn cover the increased costs of Council Tax(I pay 75% of the tax paid by the family of 4, all working, who live next door), the ever increasing costs of utilities.

Never mind increasing costs of food & everything else
TinaMayers
12th Jun 2019
3
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I am astounded that even 6% have agreed to this. TV is a lifeline or many pensioners and it is often those with less income that struggle to get out and about. Regardless of income this should be free. The BBC receive enough revenue from other fee payers. Stop paying the ‘stars’ and senior managers absorbent salaries. I think we are still one of the few, if only, country that has a tv license system. And let’s be honest very few programmers on BBC are that great that it warrants it.
JennyF4
12th Jun 2019
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Pension credit is an unfair benefit, you can be less than £1 over to claim and you lose so many benefits, eg free dental treatment, 100% council tax and housing benefit, so making some pensioners very poor but they are considered well off
TinaMayers
12th Jun 2019
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This is so true it is a fantasy ‘benefit’.
YvonneO9
12th Jun 2019
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Absolutely correct. I know people, one lady in particular, who has played the system all her life, never paid a penny in tax, NHI, etc. Only ever worked cash-in-hand whilst claiming benefits. (And yes, she was reported - more than once- but nothing ever happened) She now has a state pension, pension credits, disbility and everything else she can possible claim. Her income now is actually greater than couples who have worked and paid into the sytem all of their lives but can't claim pension credits. She lives alone in a 3-bed council property and the council come and cut her front and back lawns and trim the hedges regularly. Judging people's ability to pay for anything based on claiming pension credits is a complete and utter joke
VeraS
6th Jul 2019
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Make sure you have got your facts right my next door neighbour has council cut her grass and she pays them monthly by direct debit
SPSandy
12th Jun 2019
4
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I don't receive any credits but I'm on a small works pension plus a reduced state pension as when I was married I opted for the reduced insurance stamp to help with the families household budget. Perhaps if the BBC didn't pay such exorbitant fees to their stars they could afford to continue with free pensions for the over 75's. Let's face it there are millions paying the full fee yet we are lucky if we live to 90 getting the free licence they are still receiving huge amounts of revenue from the licence fee.
Suzie Q
12th Jun 2019
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It is totally wrong for any senior citizens to be means tested for any thing. Lots of us (not me) have paid into private pensions so that we can have that extra peace of mind when we retire and are now being penalised for it
KathleenH84
12th Jun 2019
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My husband and myself are being penalised because we have money in the bank.We did get pension credit but we have scrimped and saved all our married lives for a bit of security. It makes me want to blow the lot just so we can try back on pension credit.
DeniseD96
12th Jun 2019
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Why are they taking money from some of the most vulnerable people in in society to pay gross salaries to presenters who quite frankly are not worth it!
British pensioners receive one of the poorest pensions in Europe!
For goodness sake local authorities have taken away social care for older people so now after years of contribution and false promises they are forced to buy their own care from their miserable pensions....and now make these people pay the license fee...I'm ashamed of the way our courses try treats our elders!
DeniseD96
12th Jun 2019
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*I'm ashamed of the way our country treats our elders!
ArthurJ1
12th Jun 2019
3
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Another tax, this time from a biased, badly organised old boys club with over paid staff.
BrendaG18
12th Jun 2019
3
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It would have been much fairer to pay half the license fee for over seventy-fives than jump in with full price. This will break many pensioners. The BBC would still have gained plenty money to pay for the crap they put on and all the repeats.
Flobbin
12th Jun 2019
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IF the didn't pay vastly inflated sums to 'ordinary' presenters!
Who can possibly 'earn' £.5m, or many times that a year!
Ayrshire lass
12th Jun 2019
4
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Although some pensioners are not on pension credit they do not have much more income than the qualifying amount. I don't think that the cut off point should be decided by Pension Credit Perhaps an income over £18K may be a better cut off point. Also a lesser amount of Licence Fee for Pensioners maybe half the full amount.
I have just read some other comments regarding the BBC. The licence is for receiving wireless air signals. The money raised helps pay for the BBC to make programmes and provide advert free entertainment. If you have Television in your home you are liable to pay the fee no matter what programmes you prefer to watch.
TinaMayers
12th Jun 2019
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Then they should do what other channels do and use adverts. I think it is a disgrace.
IsobelM3
12th Jun 2019
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It is just the tip of the iceberg. What comes next???? I am so angry about this it is a disgrace
YvonneO9
12th Jun 2019
0
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Bus passes next 🙁
Flobbin
12th Jun 2019
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No reduction in Council Tax for being on your own

Loss of Bus Pass
Vicanik2507
11th Jun 2019
2
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Yet another withdrawal of benefit for pensioners who are the people who, in the main, all paid taxes all their working lives, many working past retirement age anyway.
Maggie56
11th Jun 2019
5
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Just boycott the BBC, lots of other channels to watch including less biased news channels.
BBC are very biased no coverage for soldier F!!
Biased coverage around Brexit
Lionel
11th Jun 2019
5
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Is anyone surprised? You shouldn't be.

Just wait until the NHS is privatised. Public transport services shrunk to just city operations. Wait until all state investment is focussed on London and the South East. Electricity and gas prices so high we're all cold in winter.

Wait until pensions are frozen; winter fuel allowance withdrawn and health services progressively restricted after child rearing years.

Coming to an island near you, just off the N.W. coast of Europe. Any time soon.
NVick
11th Jun 2019
3
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Sadly typical of the BBC these days. Not the organisation it was with overpaid management and so called celebrities or experts.
In this day and age the service such as it is should be free. Alternatively break the fee up so that we can opt out of services we don't want or use. If it means some ads fair enough. The BBC have had it too easy for too long and being so left wing biased it is hardly the national broadcaster and voice of GB.
The government if necessary could subsidise for pensioners out of the Aid budget!
Rileywilliam
11th Jun 2019
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Disgusting work all your life save a little get nothing , laze about do nothing and get rewarded , veterans who fought for our country denied a bit of pleasure, glad mum and dad didn’t see this because they worked hard like me and would have been disgusted, there was a lady on Good Morning Britain in tears about her husband who had dementia and the BBC were taking the only bit of pleasure away from him as she couldn’t afford it. Angry doesn’t cut it good on GMB for standing up for us!!!!!
KatyB2
11th Jun 2019
3
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We pensioners at 75 have probably been paying our licences for 50+years.....it is often the younger members of society who don't pay their licences but watch the same programmes on 'catch up' etc.
Surely we have paid enough to have our last 5 or more years free, if we are lucky enough to last that long!
fionaN
11th Jun 2019
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If they insist on doing this the pensioners who are being asked to pay should be allowed to opt out of the BBC. Nowadays there are lots of other ways to watch sport and drama and get news without the BBC. We all should be allowed to choose.
Taylorose
11th Jun 2019
7
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Let us have the option if not having access to BBC channels. The commercial channels are showing enough programmes, that are not repeats & I can hear the dramas. How nasty to ingather funds from pensioners who have worked all their lives and saved for their retirement., Their pensions aren't keeping up with inflation anyway. If we all go to prison, we won't have to buy food, pay for heating and we can sell our TVs so no licence required Sorted !
TrishW
11th Jun 2019
4
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We do not get pension credit, we saved a small amount of over the years. Now it is rapidly running out.
Annoliver
11th Jun 2019
5
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Many pensioners who do not qualify for pension credits or any benefits are required to pay for help in the home, garden, buy their own equipment to assist walking etc. They are in e forced poverty because of the lack of financial help. Also pensioners are an easy tArget. Personally I want h very little BBC programmes.
QuentinH
11th Jun 2019
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if the BBC actually paid their so called stars slightly less there would be better response plus there is do much drivel these days I hardly bother with BBC at all
Flobbin
12th Jun 2019
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Slightly less! Ha bl**dy Ha
There is one dim 'star' getting £1.8m, some getting more, & many pocketing over £.5m
liverbirdpam
11th Jun 2019
7
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Stop the exorbitant wages for BBC staff. Or get rid ofBBC altogether as the programmes are nothing but repeats.
granny23
11th Jun 2019
8
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abolish the tv license altogether its so archaic. look at the wages the top dogs get they get double our doctors police ambulance soldiers social workers etc do for doing what? oh deciding which repeats go on next. if it is going to HAVE to be means tested then dont stoop as low as pension credit!
BrendaP61
11th Jun 2019
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The BBC should reduce wages on a lot of presenters. They should also cut down on the amount of people they send on various sports programmes to do the commentating, why do we want several people talking about the same thing, and going to away trips abroad. Surely that would save some money.
NVick
11th Jun 2019
3
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Yes entirely agree. Overkill on news events and sports. Get the feeling it's a nice jamboree for many of the overpaid presenters and experts!
JudiR1
11th Jun 2019
6
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There are always people who can afford to pay, but there are a lot more who are on the margin, they cannot get Pension Credit, but they do not have much cash. there are a lot of people who fall through the net, and it is this generation who watch t.v. Many of the
youngsters have other things for their entertainment. My t.v. is the company I have in my flat.
JoanA7
11th Jun 2019
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This generation did not get maternity leave (paid) or family allowance for all their children. Have worked and paid national insurance for 40Years before being entitled to a full pension and probably worked from the age of 14 ,or 15
mokershaw
11th Jun 2019
7
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INam 70 so don't qualify as yet however I can only afford to pay for the licence in instalments (£3 a week) which I do not begrudge by any means. What I am annoyed at though is the fact that - once again - those on pension credit will benefit. I find the Guaranteed Pension Credit most unfair. Because I had a small frozen pension which gives me the grand sum of £6 per week (wow) I was entitled to Savings Credit which has now been stopped. Claimants can only claim Guaranteed Pension Credit which gives access to all sorts. My argument is that I worked 46 years but couldn't afford to keep up with private pension therefore live on State Pension, have no savings, live in housing assoc.flat. YET friends who didn't work as long as me therefore didn't pay in as much so come out with a little less State Pension and qualify for Guaranteed Credit - and they own their own expensive homes, have savings (yet I have no assets whatsover). They will be the winners as they will get/continue with free TV licences but I will always have to pay. Fair?? I don't think so!
NVick
11th Jun 2019
5
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Too true. Those who looked after themselves, paid their taxes and lived within their means and saved get penalised in old age.
CarolynB5
14th Jun 2019
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I agree we worked hard didn’t go out much made sure our children didn’t go without ,didn’t live on benefits,knew some that were claiming who shouldn’t have ,our house was our private pension to be able to downsize and use in our old age and look forward to our free licence which has now been taken away at 74 shame on the government and the BBC
MaxineD3
11th Jun 2019
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There are a lot of wealthy pensioners who could afford to pay their tv licences. My neighbour where I used to live used her cold heating payment towards her swimming pool, and drove a very expensive sports car so never used her bus pass, and her state pension paid for her spa days. She never worked even when her children were at full time school and university. If over 75s can afford it, allow them to pay for their licences if they so wish.
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cut wages paid to broadcasters. scrap license fee altogether. put decent programmes on . scrap BBC Scotland.
MaxineD3
11th Jun 2019
2
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Maybe they should scrap the licence fees altogether. Ridiculous that we have to pay for a service we do not or will not use. How many other products are there that we have to pay for that we do not even use?.......erm, I cannot think of any.
MoiraB55
11th Jun 2019
7
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This is simply another TAX which pays for the mouthpiece for the government. It should be payable by choice if people actually want to watch the BBC. I personally don't so I should have the option NOT to pay! Let them take the savings from their indecent colossal salaries and massive pensions!
MaxineD3
11th Jun 2019
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Hear hear. I totally agree Moira. Being FORCED to pay for a service we do not want or else face the consequences....fines or prison?
MoiraB55
11th Jun 2019
3
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Well, we would all be a damn site better off in prison! 3 hot meals a day, free further education, free tv....you know...
YvonneO9
12th Jun 2019
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Haha. Yes indeed. As you say, three good meals a day, someone to check on you on a regular basis, free medical care on demand - no matter how outrageous. Gynasium, library, TV, free heating, no cleaning, cooking, washing, ironing, hot bath/shower - with assistance if required, company and family can come and visit - Hmmm!!!!!
Flobbin
12th Jun 2019
0
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Free heating, medical care, occupational therapy, free use of gym.... even free visits
CarolynB5
14th Jun 2019
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Broholmer
11th Jun 2019
6
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BBC should look at other costs, particularly presenters salaries and amount spent on the news, how often do they have a reporter at the scene of an incident that occurred yesterday in another country or standing outside the Houses of Parliament to tell us what has happened inside today ? ridiculous, I know the likes of sky etc.. do the same , however if You think they are poor value for money then you have the option to just stop subscribing to them, the government (whichever party) is also responsible for making it compulsory to have a licence if you have a Tv even if you don’t watch BBC ! Following on from this does anyone believe detector vans actually exist and are able to detect people watching TV ?
MaxineD3
11th Jun 2019
2
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Yes, presenters salaries are too high for what they do. Often just reading off a cue screen. BBC's format has not changed in years. Morning....Every 15 minutes the weather report, then buying houses, then antiques, then a quiz show. When will they ever change. That's why I do not watch it. The radio shows formats havent changed either. Still doing the same jingles and catch phrases as they did 10 years or more ago. Rant over.

No I do not believe they exist, or ever did. With computers and internet now, I guess they can check who has one on their database.
naughtydotty
11th Jun 2019
2
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We don't get pension credit but both of us have worked until nearly 70. It's a disgrace that BBC should consider doing this as a lot of their programmes are repeats.
SusanneJ5
11th Jun 2019
5
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I'm not on pension credit and I would find it difficult to afford. What's next? Bus Pass, Fuel Allowance? Why don't BBC show ads like the other channels? It's unfair to hit the people who have paid in all their lives.
CarolynB5
14th Jun 2019
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Yes what is to stop them putting adverts on
AlysonV
11th Jun 2019
2
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When you consider what the BBC pay their show hosts, radio hosts, etc etc the money they will save taking this away from over 75's will be a mere pittance, absolutely shameful !!!!
PaulineG11
11th Jun 2019
1
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I think it's disgusting when you hear or all the bonuses they are giving themselves and taking it from older people.who have worked all their lives and been through the war years so have all had to struggle one way and another .when you're not on benefits because you are getting slightly more money .you end up a lot worse off.It makes you think you should never have tried to better yourself .and just spent as you go along..
Nanboo
11th Jun 2019
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For a lot of older people, especially those who are house bound, this is their only entertainment x contact with the outside world.
I think they should get rid of the day cats, x the "luvvies" who are overpaid x drop "in jokes" between them selves. Surely the amount of money they will recoup from making the older generation pay for the tv licence is miminal, maybe they could cut back on the numbers of hangers on they send to cover football matches etc.
granny23
11th Jun 2019
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i thought one of the perks of working for the BBC was getting into one of the boxes to watch the good matches or tournaments my cousins been to several "good matches/games (including tennis show jumping etc) with her boyfriend who is with the BBC
chrissyboots
11th Jun 2019
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My mother who is 91 has dementia and her carers or myself have to put her telly on just to give her a wee bit of background noise. But she is not really watching as she can’t concentrate. Think it’s a waste of money to make her pay for a licence.She has worked hard and doesn’t get pension credits, why should some that didn’t work, that’d credits get it free.
Silverwendy
11th Jun 2019
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It will be bus passes and fuel allowances next !!!! As usual go for the vulnerable and lonely. Why only free for people with pension credit? I suppose people who got away with not working most of their life claiming all manner of benefits will now get a free licence as well!!!!!
DorisF
11th Jun 2019
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Not necessary bbc are not watched.People prefer Sky or Virgin. I only watch the odd programme on BBC. They can get rid of some of their unused channels.
bertie123
11th Jun 2019
2
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Dissapointed ,I don’t understand why.
bertie123
11th Jun 2019
2
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Very sad.Dissapointed
Townend
11th Jun 2019
4
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We have worked all our lives, paid taxes, never received any benefits. This was the only thing we received. The fat cats at BBC should take a reduction in salaries and the exhorbitant fees paid to so called celebrities. TV is a lifeline to seniors and the only pleasure some of them get.
Poppie
11th Jun 2019
5
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I haven't yet qualified for this, but there are a good few people who are too proud/ independent to apply for pension credit. Why not scrap all licences and fund the BBC by advertising? Yes, adverts can be irritating but they are useful for a call of nature or to make a cuppa! It would save money on detecting non-payers and prosecuting those who are caught. Apart from all that, nothing should be given by a government and then just taken away.
LindaW79
11th Jun 2019
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Why not cut BBC fat cat salaries instead !!!!
BeverleyMB
11th Jun 2019
5
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For some of the older pensioners ...its the only outside contact for entertinment they have ....For gods sake give them some pleasure .....Cut back on a few fat cat freebie banquets ...
lindylou57
11th Jun 2019
5
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My mother is 89 and housebound. She just about manages on the state pension and a small pension of my late fathers. She isnt entitled to pension credit. I am disgusted with this whole thing. She was nearly in tears yesterday wondering how shes going to manage. Absolutely appalling.
JulieW67
11th Jun 2019
3
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Get rid of BBC !! Won't miss it any way
keyholekate1948
11th Jun 2019
1
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Very disappointed as my husband will be 75 in December, and I am 71 this year. We love our own home and tv but fed up with the repeats.
norden531
11th Jun 2019
2
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It is appalling that millions of pensioners who fought for this country are demanded to pay for a tv licence already agreed to be free. Without their contribution to ending World War II, the BBC fat cats would probably not be enjoying the UK benefits these elderly heroes fought for! This decision needs reversing! How bloody dare they! Especially after agreeing to the free tv licence, paid for by increasing the price of the pre-75s licence! And for many, television is a sole companion, a sole link with the outside world, and a sole reason to get out of bed in many a miserable morning! Shame on you, BBC.
dchishol
11th Jun 2019
3
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Better the BBC to cut top salaries and/or become self financing.
Christinemh
11th Jun 2019
2
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I agree with poempoet, it works out at 42p a day, much less than a newspaper. I pay mine monthly by Direct Debit. However, I do think the BBC should look at some of the inflated salaries it pays out to it;s presenters.
irishsurfer
11th Jun 2019
4
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If every other TV channel can manage there finances without license fees why cant the BBC manage theirs when only a fraction of the country actually watch the channel .
MaureenP25
11th Jun 2019
2
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Lots of people over 75 spend a lot of time at home and TV is their company, living on a pension plus a little extra is no joke with the cost if everything, there seems to be help for people with children which wasn’t around when I had mine, immigrates seem to get more help than pensioners, also the BBC pay a vast amount of money to there announcers if I got that amount of money I could afford the licence, watching TV is a pleasure if you can’t get out it’s something to watch although the BBC have so many repeats they shouldn’t charge anyone, make the revenue up from an other source.
WendyF128
11th Jun 2019
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But there is enough to give the bosses large pay rises also how are the presenters ie Graham Norton (who I do enjoy) worth the annual millions they are paid out of all proportion to the general persons salary and in comparison to the old age pension.
poempoet
11th Jun 2019
1
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A TV Licence costs just over 42p per day - and no one says you have to pay it all at once, I am of pensionable age and I pay mine monthly. And I don't think 42p per day is too much for all the things you get - the cheapest newspaper is more than that and what do you do with that, it goes for recycling but that's about it, once you've read it it's done with, no one puts their fish and chips in it these days. Also when I see the cost of Sky, BT and all the rest I consider 42p per day a bargain as I can access about 100 digital channels as well. Not much available for 42p per day these days.
RabHaw
11th Jun 2019
4
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BBC is a biased flawed channel which is 42 p per day too much Begone !¬
MargaretJ87
11th Jun 2019
2
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Make TV without BBC so we have a choice of licenced TV or not
DavidL25
11th Jun 2019
3
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Licence fee should be scrapped and bbc should rely on adverts. We may get a better service then.
AnnG3
11th Jun 2019
1
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I am wondering if there will still be reduced fee (£5 when we last paid). For those living in sheltered housing
BrendaH99
11th Jun 2019
3
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I agree with the rich over 75 s paying it but for all the money skint pensions it’s their lifeline x and the remaining vets of the last war they should be able to carry on not paying !!! Where is the appreciation!!!!
EdieL
11th Jun 2019
4
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I think its disgusting how the government and BBC treat our pensioners it's not right that they pay TV licence when immigrants come over get it for nothing , just seems odd to me now we are leaving the eu and the BBC wont get there big payout from them that they are going to charge the over 75s
MarionP49
11th Jun 2019
3
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The license should be scrapped The BBC are far too biased in their news reports and just lately its all repeats on BBC anyway Its a total disgrace to make pensioners suffer
PeterL78
11th Jun 2019
2
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start reducing the obscene salaries that tv presenters and top brass are getting I never watch bbc anyway.
Mu
11th Jun 2019
7
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Why hit the pensioners with this let those who earn wages pay extra.
For some elderly folk that's all they have for entertainment and a little comfort when they are house bound, not all have family, visitors, neighbours its one way of keeping in touch with the world, news programmes etc.
Absolute disgrace the way OAP's are treated in this country, pensions, next will be bus passes.
We don't have big pensions some just have enough to scrape by on, yet there are those who have enormous pensions and why? We all know the answer to that POLITICIANS
Mistyang
11th Jun 2019
3
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Not to mention the winter fuel allowance bet we see that ending for pensioners next.... disgraceful politicians
RabHaw
11th Jun 2019
3
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Let us be more specific disgraceful Tory politicians self centred bigots . Try abolishing the House of Nonentities ie Lords and use the monies saved used to alleviate poverty amongst other things !
Val33335
11th Jun 2019
5
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absolutely disgraceful that they can take this away from pensioners, who for many is their only company, yet we can give millions away in aid to other countries and fund all and sundry coming into the country, the powers that be that make these decisions should be ashamed of them self’s
Silverbell
11th Jun 2019
3
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Agree that we have paid the longest for our licence.
We have put our house in equity release to help our daughter who is a single mummy and has an abusuve ex who refuses to give maintenance.
We cut back on everything so less t.v now.
Yodama
11th Jun 2019
8
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BBC is not worth paying a licence fee to in my humble opinion.
Programmes worth watching are rarer than hens teeth.
If the inevitable happens and pensioners are made to pay up, then a means test may be the way to go.
Means tests are divisory and demeaning but would help the most needy.
Horrible propaganda machine, I am furious that thy expect me to pay for their biased views.
KathP9
11th Jun 2019
6
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we pensioners are the easy targets yet again. we have worked and paid taxes all our working lives and for most of us the only free benefits we can actually look forward to receiving are , if we are lucky to live that long, a free tv licence and a free bus pass. not much for all we have paid in for is it ?
Suzanne Henville
11th Jun 2019
5
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The very poor won’t have to pay, the well off can afford it, but the middle section who get by month to month but can’t save are hit yet again. Since I had the free license 12 months ago, it meant I could use heating when I needed it, with that increasing in price and having to pay license I will be back to square one.
Like many people I live alone and I use it for company. I have good friends but you can’t be with them all the time.
Perhaps single people living alone should be included in the exemption from fees.
brynley
11th Jun 2019
7
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I wonder how many of the overpaid presenters and celebrities will have any morals and feel a bit guilty picking up their pay chequers when they hear about this???.........I doubt if any of them will.
Mistyang
11th Jun 2019
4
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Gary Lineker alone gets 1.8m for presenting match of the day where did they get the idea of crazy salaries from... I don't even watch it, I don't want to contribute to it or all the other overpaid presenters on the BBC wonder how they would manage on a state pension
john boy
11th Jun 2019
8
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It's time to scrap the bbc licence fee they are paying staff of all types way to much it's time for the bbc to stand on its own two feet and become self supporting

Pensioners do not have this type of money any more we are all living day to day thanks to this and previous government's
jennytwoshoes
11th Jun 2019
9
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I would have received a free licence next year; having said that, I believe the license should be totally scrapped
ShirleyG98
11th Jun 2019
4
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What can I say disgusting quite agree with all the comments I have read I’ve never had any hand outs neither has any of my family, sometimes think if we had wasted our wages & relied on the state we would have been better off & had better care in our old age.
AnnG3
11th Jun 2019
1
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I worked in the benefits offices, and saw so much. I absolutely agree with you
ChristineW98
11th Jun 2019
1
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Single pensioners on low incomes should continue to receive free licenses. Households where both pensioners are over 75 and on low incomes should also. I am receiving a free license just now and my husband is 10 years younger so I can accept we should pay for our tv license. It’s complicated but not impossible to implement fairly.
Linda020251
11th Jun 2019
4
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Most single pensioners receive their state pension at the rate of approx £600 per month. Out of this they have to pay food, gas, electricity, water rates, council tax and in some cases rent or service charges. To expect them to pay for a TV licence is outrageous. Let the MPs try to survive on the state pension alone and see if they can survive!!!
Night
11th Jun 2019
4
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Absolutely disgraceful pensioners to do not get much as it is despite having worked for years. They even tax our pensions what next remove our bus passes there is nothing like making you feel a burden on society. People who never work get all that is going in the way of handouts forgetting about those who did work unfair society we live in.
Brian0739icloudcom
11th Jun 2019
4
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No I don’t agree to pensioners paying, I am just above the limit the bbc pay themselves and so-called stars far to much,and for four or five so called football pundits to sit and argue wether it should or shouldn’t be a penalty or offside is wrong to expect Pensioners to pay,Get your house in order first
Blandamer
11th Jun 2019
4
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Sorry pressed wrong button. Think it’s disgusting! Never received any ‘handouts’ family allowance, years ago, now this, can’t believe it! Bus passes next!!!
ChristineM248
11th Jun 2019
3
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I will have such a small income at 66 let alone 75 buying food and paying bills will be more important than watching BBC TV so I will have to rely on a radio.... This will be like going back in time .. Not living in modern times... Very sad times to look forward too.
Witchyannie
11th Jun 2019
2
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I think it's a disgrace the TV is the only thing we have to keep us company it does me. To think nxt year I will be paying a licence again fills me with horror because I will have to cut down on something to be ae to pay. The only other thing will be throw the TV out xxx
Angela Devlin
11th Jun 2019
6
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With the amount of repeat programmes there should be no licence fee at all.
Okefenoke
11th Jun 2019
5
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Revise exorbitant salaries before cutting over 75’s license fee
LorraineR21
11th Jun 2019
2
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Tv licence should be free to everyone
newman0308
11th Jun 2019
3
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After feteing the "Hearos" of D Day our lovley BBC have slapt a £25 per week TAX on them they should be ashamed of such two faced behaviour.
ValerieT6
11th Jun 2019
9
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£12.37 per month is a lot to add on to a pensioner’s monthly outgoings. Even if they had introduced a nominal fee of £25/year it wouldn’t have been such a bitter pill to swallow. Next they’ll be taking away the free bus pass.
Mistyang
11th Jun 2019
3
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£12.85 per month now Valerie. Never mind that I think the Government will scrap the winter fuel allowance, trying to kill us all off as we cant afford to keep warm...
cassie12
11th Jun 2019
11
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Cut the salaries of the highly paid "stars"
There are too many repeats on BBC so exactly where does all the licence fees go?
pireous
11th Jun 2019
11
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Save money by reducing the salaries of BBC senior staff and Stars
TerryC8
11th Jun 2019
10
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The BBC should cut the cost of the salaries of their staff
Tigga
11th Jun 2019
10
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Absolutely disgraceful. Pay the celebrities a bit less. They are way overpaid!!
georgine
11th Jun 2019
6
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I pressed the wrong answer should have put no I agree with the 94pc if they need to put up for the well off I agree they should pay but it is the in-between people who do not have pension credit who should not have to pay
Wilf
11th Jun 2019
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I think it should’be means tested
Poppyrose
11th Jun 2019
10
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If the BBC didn't pay such ridiculous amounts to so called 'stars' and their executives on over 150 grand plus, out of their 5 billion received from you, me and all the other tax payers they spend 3 billion on administration (i.e. wages, taxis, flights, meals and £75,000 on just The Guardian last year) then maybe we could understand the justification, but to hit the elderly because they are an easy target and because the BBC can't manage their money is criminal. Don't they say they are providing a service? Well can't we take them to court for mis-selling and misappropriating funds? At the very least they are unfit for purpose. Shame on the BBC and it's fraudulent use of our money.
ChrisA8
11th Jun 2019
5
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Wouldn’t be so bad if they put on decent programs, it’s utterly rubbish
Pennypops
11th Jun 2019
7
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I would like to know how they selected the 190,000 people they surveyed, because I can’t believe that the majority of people would begrudge seniors a free licence. My husband and myself are not rich by any means but we do not receive pension credits. We worked hard all our lives and apart from family allowance never received any benefits. I am frankly disgusted!
DaveR25
11th Jun 2019
5
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It’s discusting to think that the big mobs of the bbc can stoop so low they need their wages looking at the greedy barstards that they are
PaulineH239
11th Jun 2019
7
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I think it is disgusting to do this. Lots of over 75s rely on their TV for company and to help fill in their days which can be very lonely if they see no-one else. Worked all their lives, retire reach 75 which a lot don't bless them, given something for free which they have never had before and at the click of someone's fingers it is taken away. Just disgusting.
BerylD42
11th Jun 2019
7
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If the wages bill wasn't so high (£148 million for presenters alone)
Then the licence bill could be abolished for everyone!
LindaR16
11th Jun 2019
5
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I think its disgusting that the BBC wants to grab back the money we've had in rises on the cost of living to our state pension
Samsog59
11th Jun 2019
6
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Think they need to start adding some value for money before charging elderly people.
DianeG4
11th Jun 2019
9
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For some old people wether living alone or with a partner the TV is such good company & is their only link with the outside world.
Maybe the BBC should consider the extremely high salary paid to many of their employees.
Older people have watched their pennies & tried to save for their old age & its so unfair that certain people who claim pension credit get lots of other benefits but others who either do not claim or are marginally over the limit to claim get nothing.
We went without things all our lives to try & make ends meet so why should we be penalised now. Older people have lots more living expenses as need to get help in with mundane tasks that they can no longer do for themselves. These costs all mount up out of their £5k to £7k pension. We are not rich as some people think & the licence fee will make the big difference to them.
PhilC1
11th Jun 2019
6
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Our over75 community should not have to pay for their TV licences. If it is means tested then there is a percentage of pensioners who are going to be worse off because they aren’t on pension credits but their income is dangerously close to the cut off point. Ok the BBC says it may have to cut some services. Fair enough; there are too many rubbish channels anyway, play fair BBC cut the salaries of some of your over paid staff and give 75 year old pensioners the little perk they rightfully deserve.
JohnC341
11th Jun 2019
4
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I think it should be scrapped and they should get their money from advertising
CaroleP72
11th Jun 2019
4
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Words just fail me. The next step will be a cyanide pill for all the over 70's, so we are not a burden to the country . Obviously this would exclude politicians & BBC personnel, with the salaries they have £154 will be pittance to them.
Pennypops
11th Jun 2019
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This is how I feel Carole, it’s disgusting that we are made to feel we are a drain on the country. Why they are wasting money researching as to how they can extend life expectancy beggars belief, when as you say they blatantly want us all to shuffle off at 70!
GrantG6
11th Jun 2019
4
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Another example of sheer greed,pay rises on the horizon for the bbc fat cats.about time the bbc was scrapped ,in this day and age...no need for it
carol1952
11th Jun 2019
6
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Pay the staff a bit less wages. The amount Gary Lineker and various other "celebrities" are paid is ridiculous.
Pennine123
11th Jun 2019
5
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We as Pensioners are treated unfairly in this Country
DotrayH
11th Jun 2019
9
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There are other ways to avoid “ taxing” pensioners
Increase revenue commercially and stop paying ridiculous salaries to mediocre so called stars. Let’s be honest most programmes are poor quality and do not warrant the licence fee anyway.
jenSue52
11th Jun 2019
2
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BBC are so wrong in doing this. We OAP suffer enough ( most of us) can’t afford heating. Food etc. Pensions are so low. BBC need to stop showing repeats all the time.
In fact get rid of the license all together as we have lots of other programs to view.
TrudyLS
11th Jun 2019
4
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just scrap the licence altogether
CarolN12
11th Jun 2019
5
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If every other TV channel can manage there finances without license fees why cant the BBC manage theirs when only a fraction of the country actually watch the channel .
JeanL798
11th Jun 2019
2
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Don’t agree with it we have worked all our lives and they should not go into your account to see what you are getting
Sweepee
11th Jun 2019
2
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Taking away the only company some of our seniors have when they have to find £150 with, I assume, no increase in pension to compensate
HappyHippie
11th Jun 2019
3
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sorry I pressed the wrong one, I think its dreadful that they want to charge over 75s, I read that the BBC have said its because the younger folk aren't buying licences as most of them just watch catch up TV.. so because of that they want to make up their money from the older folk who have been paying licences for years.. Disgusted !!!!!!!
Cazza15
11th Jun 2019
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Ridiculous, shame on the BBC. Some pensioners, other than those receiving pension credit, will find it hard to come up with the extra cash. Perhaps the BBC need the extra revenue to pay towards the £27 million pound OVERSPEND on the new Eastenders set. How much did that cost in total? Ridiculous, they should be totally ashamed of themselves.
NitaC
11th Jun 2019
2
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Instead of scrapping the licence they should be looking at the saleries that are being paid to staff even getting rid of some,a lot of programes do not need 2 or 3 interviewers money could be saved without hitting the old .
gasue
11th Jun 2019
2
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My views are similar to the heating allowance awarded annually to all Pensioners. It should depend on your income and any Pensioner earning less than say £20K a year should receive heating allowance and TV License. Bus Passes too should be awarded using the same criteria. They say this would be difficult to administrate but, surely, on reaching the Pension age, we should be asked to apply for these grants and the onus should be ours to claim. I had to apply for my bus pass so why not any other benefits?
NitaC
11th Jun 2019
3
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Why should we give up heating allowace ,tv licence and bus pass most old age pensioners have paid in all their lives .Look at some of the money that goes to people that haven't lived in the UK long money could be saved here.The goverment has it all wrong we fairly paid in let us have some of the benefits that we deserve
MaureenO26
11th Jun 2019
4
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Older people have health issues and need more heating than normal .
You want it means tested ...how manyorebpeople would die means testing heating allowance ..

And as for the TV licence well I think as everyone's paid into the BBC for years ...it should be free for over 75s
We are the only country to harve TV licence it's am outdated licence ...the BBC should use advertising to fund themselves like every other channel
gasue
11th Jun 2019
1
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I agree totally with you but it s ridiculous that those extremely wealthy Pensioners should receive these benefits as a matter of course. I certainly am not wealthy and I was looking forward to my free tv license in a few years.
gasue
11th Jun 2019
1
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Whatever we call it - Means testing maybe - but it would ensure that those who genuinely need these benefits do receive them. As it is we all lose out!

I am all in favour of the BBC using advertising income and they should also have stricter budgeting guidelines.
Pennypops
11th Jun 2019
1
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Totally agree Nita.
gasue
11th Jun 2019
2
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I agree but rather than take away from every Pensioner including those who really need it, why not just take it away from those who are financially comfortable and do not need these benefits - tv license/ bus pass / heating allowance.
mokershaw
12th Jun 2019
0
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My total income is just over £8,000 a year - I definitely think it should be means tested!
MargaretB24
11th Jun 2019
9
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before making over 75s pay for licence, they need to cut some of their fat cat salaries
GwynethC8
11th Jun 2019
2
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Whilst I am willing and able to pay about 43p a day others will find it hard and I think it's a mean decision - albeit due to funding decisions by our "dear beloved government".
RabHaw
11th Jun 2019
1
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Sounds good Colin !

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