Britons call for BBC licence fee to be axed for all over 75s

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BBC: Public share their views on TV licence fee

Currently, over 75-year-olds only receive a free TV licence if they are also on Pension Credit because they are on a low income. However, a recent poll found readers think the BBC needs to make TV licences free for all pensioners over 75s.

Many people think the BBC should help pensioners and vulnerable groups by offering more free TV licences, according to a poll of readers.

In a poll that ran from 11am on Wednesday, September 14, to 1pm on Thursday, September 15, asked readers: “Should BBC assist pensioners with more free TV licences?” 

Overall, 1,344 people responded with 97 percent (1,308 people) of voters saying yes.

Only three percent (33 people) said “no”, the BBC should not offer more free TV licences, while just three people said they did not know.

One reader with the username @Jimticker said: “The BBC already has a subscription service, Britbox, the government should tell them to put all their content onto Britbox and abolish the TV Tax!”

Another, Golferat29 wrote: “Every last one of us should be exempt from the TV TAX.

“If the BBC want funding, they should either become an advert funded organisation or subscription funded organisation.

“We only pay for what we want with Sky, we only pay for Netflix, Disney, Paramount etc if WE want them – the BBC should be no different.”

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Last year, the BBC licence fee was cancelled by more than a quarter of a million more people than usual as more Britons realised they didn’t need one.

One factor why the BBC saw more cancellations last year could be that Britons have been struggling to find the money to pay for bills during the cost of living crisis.

For those who rely on streaming services like YouTube and Netflix a licence costing £13.25 might be unnecessary.

Britons can watch Youtube, Netflix and other streaming services as long as they don’t watch live TV on any channel.

The four groups of people who don’t need to pay full price are:

People who are blind or partially sighted are entitled to a 50 percent reduction.

Britons who live in care homes could get it for free or pay as little as £7.50 if they are part of an ARC scheme.

Pensioners who are 75 and who rely on Pension Credit are entitled to a free TV licence so could ask for a refund if they are paying unnecessarily.

Those who don’t watch live TV on any channel not just the BBC.

Meanwhile, thousands of pensioners over 75 years old are missing out on a free TV licence because they aren’t claiming Pension Credit.

Some 850,000 Britons are thought to be entitled to this state benefit but aren’t claiming according to Government figures.

Even if they only qualify for a small Pension Credit top up it could help them save hundreds in energy bills and extra benefits like a free TV licence.

People can go to and answer a few simple questions to see if they qualify for Pension Credit.

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