A kick in the teeth: BBC to go ahead with over-75s TV licence fee changes
The end of the free TV licence for over-75s will feel like a “kick in the teeth” to pensioners, campaigners have said.
The controversial change was originally due to be made on 1 June, and the BBC said the delay had cost £35m a month but was delayed and kept under review for two-month because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The cost of continuing to provide free licences to all over-75s could have reached £1bn a year over time with an ageing population, according to the corporation.
The BBC said the new scheme is “the fairest decision”, but the government said it was “the wrong decision”
Age UK said the start of means-testing will feel like a “kick in the teeth” to pensioners and called on the Government to “sit down with the BBC urgently” to work out a deal.
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