Today, the BBC Board has announced its decision on the future of the over 75s licence fee concession. The Government’s current scheme comes to an end next year and Parliament – through legislation – gave the responsibility to the BBC Board to make this decision.
From June 2020, any household with someone aged over 75 who receives Pension Credit, will be eligible for a free TV licence funded by the BBC. Around 1.5 million households could be eligible.
The BBC Board believes this is the fairest option to help the poorest pensioners. It is also the fairest option for all licence fee payers, as this means everyone will continue to receive the best programmes and services that the BBC can provide. The BBC will not be making judgements about poverty as that measure is set and controlled by Government.
You can read the full BBC Press Notice 10 June 2019