Spreading BBC Licence Payments Can’t Make Over 75s Afford It

In their election manifesto, the Conservatives said they “recognise the value of free TV licences for over-75s and believe they should be funded by the BBC”.

Boris Johnson has said his Conservative Party is “looking at” scrapping the television licence fee.

Whilst the Prime Minister conceded the Tories are “not planning to get rid of all TV licence fees”, he admitted the current system “bears reflection” and questioned “how long” the current system of funding the BBC can be justified. Mr Johnson repeated his previous views, stating: “I certainly think is that the BBC should cough up and pay for the licences for the over-75s as they promised to do.”

But it seems we might be ratted on, as Age UK claims “By now you may have heard that the Government has announced two things which affect our campaign to save free TV licences for over 75s.

“They are launching a consultation on whether to ‘decriminalise’ the Licence Fee and have announced a new ‘Simple Payment Plan’ so people can pay their Fee monthly rather than in one lump sum.

“For those just getting by, the Simple Payment Plan doesn’t go far enough – spreading out your payments doesn’t make £157.50 extra a year any more affordable. And even if enforcement of the Licence Fee happens through the civil rather than the criminal courts, older people could still receive a visit from the bailiffs if they can’t pay.

“Whatever the future of the licence fee, in 116 days four million over 75s will lose their free TV licence. We can’t let that happen.

“That’s why the Government and the BBC need to urgently work together to find a solution. And why we’ll continue to fight to save the free TV licence for all over 75s and keep working so your voice is heard”.

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