BBC’s scrapping of free TV licence for over-75s might ‘push as much as 50,000 British pensioners under the poverty line, Age UK claims
- At the moment, households with these over the age of 75 are entitled to a free licence
- Nonetheless the Authorities-funded scheme will come to an finish in June 2020
- Age UK mentioned the free licence has been a extremely valued entitlement for over-75s
Bhvishya Patel For Mailonline
As many as 50,000 UK pensioners might be pushed under the poverty line if the free TV licence was to be scrapped for over-75s, Age UK claims.
The charity mentioned it needs the Authorities to take again accountability for funding free TV licences.
The BBC has beforehand launched a session interval to determine how licence charges for over-75s ought to be paid for, with varied potential choices steered.
At the moment, households with folks over 75 are entitled to a free TV licence.
Age UK mentioned it needs the Authorities to again accountability for funding free licences after estimating the round 50,000 pensioners might be pushed under the poverty line. (Inventory picture)
However that Authorities-funded scheme – which is predicted to price £745 million by 2021-22 – involves an finish in June 2020.
Age UK mentioned its estimates recommend that round 50,000 UK pensioners might be pushed under the poverty line if the free licence price was to be scrapped.
It mentioned the free licence has been a extremely valued, common entitlement for the over-75s, serving to tens of millions maintain their high quality of life into late previous age.
The charity mentioned that an extra invoice of £150.50 – the present price of an annual TV licence – ‘will undoubtedly trigger nice fear and misery to lots of of hundreds of susceptible pensioners who’re already struggling to get by doubtlessly forcing them to chop again on different necessities comparable to heating and meals in an effort to stay knowledgeable, entertained, stimulated and related to the world past their doorstep’.
It has launched a petition on the problem and to date there have been greater than 30,000 signatures.
Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK, mentioned: ‘Scrapping the free TV licence can be an actual blow for a lot of older individuals who have already got many different challenges to deal with.
It’s mentioned the Authorities-funded scheme, which involves an finish in June 2020, has helped tens of millions maintain their high quality of life into previous age
‘Tens of millions of older folks, notably those that are lonely or housebound with disabilities, depend on their TV as their trusted companion and window on the world, and it will be merciless certainly to undermine this in any manner.’
She continued: ‘Sadly the specter of pensioner poverty has not been vanquished on this nation.
‘In reality official statistics make it clear that, after large advances in the beginning of this century, progress has extra just lately juddered to a halt and gone into reverse.
‘At Age UK we’re deeply involved that scrapping free TV licences will merely intensify this pattern, pushing as much as 50,000 extra pensioners the flawed facet of the poverty line.’
Age UK mentioned it had primarily based its calculations on the Household Sources Survey.
A BBC spokesman mentioned: ‘Free TV licences for folks over 75 are anticipated to price £745 million a yr by 2021-22, and Authorities funding for the scheme ends in June 2020.
‘This can be a actually vital challenge. We’re aware that pensioner poverty remains to be a problem for some older folks.
‘We now have set out a variety of choices in our session – every has deserves and penalties, with implications for the way forward for the BBC and for everybody, together with older folks.
‘We have to hear everybody’s views to assist the BBC make one of the best and fairest determination.’