Over 75’s could be forced to cut back on food and heating to watch TV : Welfare Weekly

More than two million older people living in Britain could be forced to cut back on the food they eat or shut off their heating to continue watching television, a leading UK charity has warned.

New research carried out for Age UK has found that 40% of people aged 75+ in the UK won’t be able to afford the licence fee, or will have to cut back on everyday essentials including food and heating, to pay for a TV license if concessions are scrapped.

Reforms to BBC funding mean free TV licenses for over-75’s will no longer be funded by the UK Government, but will be left to the discretion of the public broadcaster from 2020.


Source: Over 75’s could be forced to cut back on food and heating to watch TV : Welfare Weekly

Gordon Brown warns ending free TV licences could criminalise poor over-75s

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster or so it says, however, if the free TV Licence for the over – 75s is abolished then it ceases to be a British public service broadcaster. This is so because a large proportion of the British public will not be legally allowed to, not only, the BBC but any TV, as many over-75s will not be able to afford the TV licence and will therefore have no TV legally, only the radio.

This will be a retrograde step for which the BBC may never recover.

Yes, the Government have brought this onto the BBC, but it will be the BBC which will shoulder the blame.