Last year highly controversial changes to the TV licence came into force, which ended the right to a free TV licence for people over the age of 75. While a grace period was put in place to let people make arrangements, a major change is scheduled to come into place at the end of July 2021.
How will the TV licence change for over-75s this month?
A transition period was announced by the BBC back in February due to the coronavirus pandemic, to allow people to sort out payment arrangements for their TV licences.
But on July 31, the licence fee transition period for the over-75s will come to an end.
Out of 3.9 million people who needed to make new TV licence fee arrangements, some 260,000 people may expect to be contacted by the BBC with information about the next steps after the transition period ends.
Mr Reed added: “I’m sure the Government doesn’t want to see… people in the eighties and nineties being fined and then carted off to jail if they don’t pay the fine.
“[The Government] passed the responsibility [of free TV licences] to the BBC, the BBC has messed it up, so the Government needs to step back in before it gets out of hand.”
The changes to the over-75 licence fee rules have also drawn criticism from the Government.
According to The i, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: “We’re deeply disappointed 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 must ensure that it supports those affected by its decision on the over-75s concession and we expect them to do so with the utmost sensitivity.”
Author: Katie Sewell
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