Scrapping free TV licence for over-75s as BBC looks to fill funding gap could push 50,000 into poverty, report warns


Age UK has said that the extra £150.50 would cause ‘great worry and distress’ as ‘millions’ depend on the their TV

PLANS to scrap the free TV licence for over-75s risks pushing 50,000 pensioners into poverty, a report has warned.

The BBC, which takes back responsibility for the licence fee and its funding next year, is consulting on the move as part of proposals to plug a major funding shortfall.

Scrapping free TV licenses for OAP's could push many over the poverty line


Scrapping free TV licenses for OAPs could push many over the poverty line

But analysis by Age UK warned the extra £150.50 bill would trigger “great worry and distress” to thousands of vulnerable pensioners.

It has launched a petition to keep the free TV licence fee and has already attracted more than 30,000 signatures.

The charity’s Caroline Abrahams said: “Millions of older people, particularly the lonely or housebound, rely on their TV and it would be cruel to undermine this.

“We are concerned that scrapping free licences will push up to 50,000 more the wrong side of the poverty line.”

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