Maria Caulfield MP is urging constituents to take part in the BBC’s consultation on free TV licences for the over 75s.
At the moment all households with someone aged over 75 are entitled to receive free TV licences. The cost of this scheme has been funded by the UK Government since it was introduced in 2000. In 2020 the current scheme is set to come to an end, along with the Government funding for it. Any new scheme from June 2020 to provide concessions relating to TV licences for older age groups is for the BBC to consult on, decide and then pay for.
This decision is the responsibility of the BBC’s Board but the responses the BBC receives to the consultation will help them decide what to do next.
Maria Caulfield MP said “I hope that the BBC will keep being able to offer those over 75 a free TV licence as this is a massive help to many people. If the BBC cannot afford this then they really should be looking at alternative funding arrangements including advertisements. In the age of Netflix, NowTV and other such services many people are leaving ordinary TV behind and in some cases not needing a TV license. The BBC must adapt in these modern times and not leave the older generation having to pay for a TV licence.”
“I would urge all of my constituents to take part in the consultation and ensure that the BBC are aware of their views.”
Should you wish to have your say, the BBC’s consultation is open until Tuesday 12 February 2019. To find out more, and to take part, go to bbc.co.uk/yoursay. If you require alternative formats (e.g Braille and audio) the consultation can be accessed by calling 0800 232 1382.