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Currently, if you are over-75, you get a free BBC licence fee. This concession was announced by Gordon Brown in 2001 and has been funded and upheld by successive governments. In 2015, George Osborne asked the BBC to take over funding this concession from 2020. This was and is a political ‘hot potato’. If the BBC carried on with funding all tv licences for the over-75s it will cost an estimated £745 million by 2020. If the BBC has to continue this funding in its current form then this will certainly jeopardise funding of some BBC services and may well lead to the closure of some channels.
Last year the BBC commissioned Frontier Economics to prepare a review of over-75s funding and this was published in November 2018. Subsequently the BBC has launched a public consultation and are encouraging the public to engage with this difficult issue in order to reach a resolution which is fair to all.
In our 2018 Christmas Newsletter Tony Hall wrote an extended article about funding of the tv license fee for over-75’s and you can access it via the Members Area of our website https://www.bbcpa.org.uk/
If you would like to read the review by Frontier Economics, this can be accessed via this link on the BBC website
If you would like to ‘have your say’ and let the BBC know your views about funding for the over-75s then it can be access at https://www.bbc.com/yoursay
If you require different access then please ring 0800 232 1382 to request paper copies of this document and questionnaire with a freepost envelope to take part. Paper copies are also available in different formats, including in Braille, Welsh, and in an audio version. If it is not possible to respond using the questionnaire, you can write to the BBC at Freepost, BBC Consultation. The BBC will accept responses in any reasonable formats.