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Poor starving BBC hits out at over 75 licenses

Postby rockyfowler » Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:13 pm

Over 75 and the BBC want people to pay thought it was a fake e-mail but seems genuine
If it is real surely they could cut out all the wasted funds according to their figures they spend £3,725 Million a year what a waste!!! most people watch or listen to private tv and radio run by advertising at No cost to the ordinary citizen :cry: :-x

The future of television licences for over 75s
ABOUT THE BBC
A message from the BBC Chairman and Director General

We are writing to you today to let you know about some important changes to TV licences for older people. First, we want to explain why these changes need to be made. Since 2000, all households with people over 75 have been entitled to a free TV licence. This has been paid for by the Government, but in 2015 they announced that they would stop paying for it.

As a result, the current government scheme offering free TV licences for over 75s will come to an end next year. Instead, through an Act of Parliament, the Government gave the BBC the power to decide what happens next. Any new scheme would be decided on and funded, not by the Government, but by the BBC.

This means we have had to make a really important and difficult decision.

After June 2020, the cost of continuing with free licences for all over 75s would be £745 million a year and rising - which is around 20% of the BBC’s budget. That is a huge amount of money. Were we to meet these costs, it would in practice mean the closures of BBC Two, BBC Four, the BBC News Channel, the BBC Scotland Channel and Radio 5live – in addition to a number of local radio stations and other cuts and reductions. We know that audiences really value what we provide on TV, Radio and online – all of which are paid for by the licence fee. And these changes would profoundly damage the BBC’s ability to serve our audiences of all ages. On the other hand, we are fully aware that some older pensioners are in poverty and rely on their TV and the BBC for companionship.

We didn’t want simply to abolish free licences for all older pensioners. We didn’t think that would be fair on those who would find it hardest to pay. Nor did we think it right to continue with a scheme that mirrored the Government’s, given the severe impact that would have on BBC services that are valued by everyone - old and young. We have therefore decided to introduce a new scheme. It is one that we believe represents the fairest possible outcome.

From June 2020, anyone aged 75 or over who receives Pension Credit will also be entitled to a free TV licence funded by the BBC. This will help the poorest pensioners who will continue to enjoy a free TV licence. It’s important to stress that it is not the BBC who will make any judgements about poverty – that measure is set and controlled by Government. As well as being fairest for the poorest pensioners, this scheme is also the fairest for all licence fee payers as it means everyone will continue to receive the best programmes and services that the BBC can provide.

This new scheme will cost the BBC around £250 million a year. This will mean we have to continue to find significant savings, but we are confident that we will be able to protect the funding for services the public tell us that they enjoy.

We want to make claiming the free licence simple and straightforward. Individuals will simply need to demonstrate their receipt of Pension Credit in order to qualify. If you’re over 75 and currently get a free licence, you don’t need to do anything yet. You will carry on being able to get a free licence until June 2020. TV Licensing will be in touch before then to tell you what you need to do. If you want to find out about our decision in more detail you can read all our documents here.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email. We have thought long and hard to arrive at the fairest possible decision for everyone. We are committed to ensuring we continue to give you a world-class BBC, not just today, but for tomorrow.

Yours

Sir David Clementi, BBC Chairman
Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC
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Re: Poor starving BBC hits out at over 75 licenses

Postby rockyfowler » Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:45 pm

How can the BBC break the law with the changes? It was passed in UK Parliament free for over 75s :cry:
Never mind when they`ve finished posing with each other for PM we may have a general election good riddance :grin:
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Re: Poor starving BBC hits out at over 75 licenses

Postby Jimmy » Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:50 pm

Thats all you can expect from the Tories, they won't be happy until the poor are back in the workhouse.
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Re: Poor starving BBC hits out at over 75 licenses

Postby Rob » Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:21 pm

I don't understand why you have to pay the BBC to watch television.In The Netherlands this was abolished many years ago. You pay your Providor for Internet,TV and Television in a combined package and thats it. This archaic system of paying for a licence from the BBC to watch television is surely not of this day and age!
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Re: Poor starving BBC hits out at over 75 licenses

Postby rockyfowler » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:15 am

Hi Rob so BBC is free to watch in holland comes with the package? We must be subsidising everyone in the world to watch BBC :roll: :shock:
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Re: Poor starving BBC hits out at over 75 licenses

Postby Jimmy » Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:42 am

The tv licence is permission to receive tv signals.

See here,

https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/about/foi ... ework-AB16
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Postby Jimmy » Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:51 am

I have known this since I started fitting tv aerials in 1967, if you remember you used to need a licence to listen to the radio till it was abolished.
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Re: Poor starving BBC hits out at over 75 licenses

Postby rockyfowler » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:10 am

I hope the tv licence goes the way of radio , dog licences and were abolished when nobody bought them :grin:
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Postby rockyfowler » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:49 am

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Re: Poor starving BBC hits out at over 75 licenses

Postby Jimmy » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:03 am

Signed.
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Re: Poor starving BBC hits out at over 75 licenses

Postby gardener » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:52 am

The BBC has to be paid for one way or another - as does the state-run TV in the Netherlands. Government subsidies aren't fairy money.

Here in Iceland we all have to pay via poll-tax; it just gets added willy nilly to our tax bills. Not sure OAPs get it free, they might.

What the BBC need to do is start selling subscription services to ex pats. I rely on youtube for a handful of programmes and for others I wait until they are picked up by Icelandic stations. I know quite a lot of people who just get around the problem using their computer, but some at least would be happy to pay for it just like Netflix if it was easy and not too expensive.

The way the BBC have chosen to do things now is just plain mean though, so I hope they get stopped and have to find a better way.
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Re: Poor starving BBC hits out at over 75 licenses

Postby rockyfowler » Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:27 am

Most of the PM candidates support the bill -why did they pass it in the first place?? to allow the bbc to take money from pensioners to give their staff pay rises and very nice pensions :o
May have to get a yellow vest from France and protest -plenty of company down there with the brexit in or out people .may need a megaphone when the bbc broadcast there I haven't got a big gob like the others :idea:
Looks like Boris has got to see the Queen everyone thinks he`s a comedian but normal for Tories :roll:
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Re: Poor starving BBC hits out at over 75 licenses

Postby peterd » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:37 pm

the deal done by the BBC to be granted more freedom and the ability to increase the license fee above inflation if they took on the role of providing the over 75 with free tv bbc broke this understanding, that's as far as i believe
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Postby peterd » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:40 pm

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Re: Poor starving BBC hits out at over 75 licenses

Postby rockyfowler » Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:23 am

It`s just juggling figures Our money :cry: -the BBC is a government dept paid for and owned one way or another by us it needs to be scrapped or sold off money can be used on better things :idea:
It`l all be forgotten over the row for the next PM -what a choice :cry:
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