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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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Felix1
1 days ago
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It is a welcome perk but sensibly, yes, it should be means tested.
Lionel
1 days ago
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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
1 days ago
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Hi Felix we need heating to keep warm and pensions for food ...these are necessities TV is a luxury.
Felix1
19 hours ago
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Same applies to winter heating. Pensions are different, we actually contributed towards this. It is not a perk.
barryp
1 days ago
1
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BBC staff are over paid Why should be subsidize there Salary
VeraS
1 days ago
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Why should wealthy pensioners get free licence
Lionel
1 days ago
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They've paid taxes all their working lives too! Usually a heavier tax burden then you and I.
Kelly1419
1 days ago
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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
1 days ago
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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
2 days ago
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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.
Nan
2 days ago
2
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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
2 days ago
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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
2 days ago
2
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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
3 days ago
1
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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
1 days ago
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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
3 days ago
2
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What about those receiving minimum pension and not able to receive credit?
Yodama
3 days ago
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
3 days ago
2
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Signed. Mouth and money have come together, so to speak.
Belal
3 days ago
2
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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
3 days ago
3
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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
3 days ago
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You're not out of line Chris, I completely agree with you.
pat123
3 days ago
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
4 days ago
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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
4 days ago
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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
4 days ago
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What is the point of working all your life and saving your money
LindaC443
4 days ago
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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
4 days ago
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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
4 days ago
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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
4 days ago
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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
5 days ago
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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
5 days ago
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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
5 days ago
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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
5 days ago
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
4 days ago
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JoanB548
5 days ago
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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
5 days ago
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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
5 days ago
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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
5 days ago
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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
5 days ago
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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
5 days ago
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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
5 days ago
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this is often the the only company some older people get let them have it for nothing
AnniD6
6 days ago
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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
5 days ago
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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
6 days ago
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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
6 days ago
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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
6 days ago
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This is so true it is a fantasy ‘benefit’.
YvonneO9
5 days ago
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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
SPSandy
6 days ago
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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
6 days ago
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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
6 days ago
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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
6 days ago
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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
6 days ago
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*I'm ashamed of the way our country treats our elders!
ArthurJ1
6 days ago
3
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Another tax, this time from a biased, badly organised old boys club with over paid staff.
BrendaG18
6 days ago
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
5 days ago
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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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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Then they should do what other channels do and use adverts. I think it is a disgrace.
IsobelM3
6 days ago
3
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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
5 days ago
0
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Bus passes next 🙁
Flobbin
5 days ago
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No reduction in Council Tax for being on your own

Loss of Bus Pass
Vicanik2507
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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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
6 days ago
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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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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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
6 days ago
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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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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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
6 days ago
5
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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
5 days ago
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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
6 days ago
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Stop the exorbitant wages for BBC staff. Or get rid ofBBC altogether as the programmes are nothing but repeats.
granny23
6 days ago
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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
6 days ago
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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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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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
6 days ago
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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
6 days ago
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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
4 days ago
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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
6 days ago
1
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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
6 days ago
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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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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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
6 days ago
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
5 days ago
0
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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
5 days ago
0
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Free heating, medical care, occupational therapy, free use of gym.... even free visits
CarolynB5
4 days ago
0
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Broholmer
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
4 days ago
0
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Yes what is to stop them putting adverts on
AlysonV
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
5
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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
6 days ago
1
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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
6 days ago
5
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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
6 days ago
6
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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
6 days ago
5
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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
6 days ago
2
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Dissapointed ,I don’t understand why.
bertie123
6 days ago
2
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Very sad.Dissapointed
Townend
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
7
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Why not cut BBC fat cat salaries instead !!!!
BeverleyMB
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
3
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Get rid of BBC !! Won't miss it any way
keyholekate1948
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
3
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Better the BBC to cut top salaries and/or become self financing.
Christinemh
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
3
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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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
4
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BBC is a biased flawed channel which is 42 p per day too much Begone !¬
MargaretJ87
6 days ago
2
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Make TV without BBC so we have a choice of licenced TV or not
DavidL25
6 days ago
3
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Licence fee should be scrapped and bbc should rely on adverts. We may get a better service then.
AnnG3
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
2
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start reducing the obscene salaries that tv presenters and top brass are getting I never watch bbc anyway.
Mu
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
3
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Not to mention the winter fuel allowance bet we see that ending for pensioners next.... disgraceful politicians
RabHaw
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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 ?
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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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
1
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I worked in the benefits offices, and saw so much. I absolutely agree with you
ChristineW98
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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.
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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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
6
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With the amount of repeat programmes there should be no licence fee at all.
Okefenoke
6 days ago
5
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Revise exorbitant salaries before cutting over 75’s license fee
LorraineR21
6 days ago
2
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Tv licence should be free to everyone
newman0308
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
11
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Save money by reducing the salaries of BBC senior staff and Stars
TerryC8
6 days ago
10
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The BBC should cut the cost of the salaries of their staff
Tigga
6 days ago
10
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Absolutely disgraceful. Pay the celebrities a bit less. They are way overpaid!!
georgine
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
-2
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I think it should’be means tested
Poppyrose
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
5
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Wouldn’t be so bad if they put on decent programs, it’s utterly rubbish
Pennypops
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
6
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Think they need to start adding some value for money before charging elderly people.
DianeG4
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
4
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I think it should be scrapped and they should get their money from advertising
CaroleP72
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
1
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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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
5
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We as Pensioners are treated unfairly in this Country
DotrayH
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
4
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just scrap the licence altogether
CarolN12
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
6
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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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
1
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Totally agree Nita.
gasue
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
0
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My total income is just over £8,000 a year - I definitely think it should be means tested!
MargaretB24
6 days ago
9
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before making over 75s pay for licence, they need to cut some of their fat cat salaries
GwynethC8
6 days ago
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
6 days ago
1
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Sounds good Colin !

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contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!