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Television Licences: Older People

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL6470, tabled on 6 July 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the BBC about free television licences for people aged over 75.

Answered on

13 July 2020

The government meets with the BBC on regular occasions to discuss a wide range of issues, including the over 75 concession. The Government has consistently made clear its disappointment with the BBC's decision to restrict the over 75 licence fee concession to only those in receipt of pension credit. We recognise the value of free TV licences for over-75s and believe they should be funded by the BBC.

The BBC remains responsible for the administration of the concession and it will be responsible for setting out what those affected will need to do. It must look urgently at how it can use its substantial licence fee income to support older people and deliver for UK audiences of all ages.