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Over 75 TV Licence
May 7th, 2019, 8:50pm
 
According to Age Concern today MPs have called a debate on TV licences in Parliament tomorrow afternoon (Weds 8 May). They will vote on whether the Government should take back responsibility for paying for TV licences. The vote isn’t binding but it would send a strong signal to the Government that MPs want them to pay for it, not the BBC.

I don't think I'll be holding my breath!

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Reply #1 - May 8th, 2019, 8:25am
 
Either way-it'll be quickly phased in at age 80-sure as eggs is eggs
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Reply #2 - May 8th, 2019, 8:46am
 
Eggs are eggs Smiley
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Reply #3 - May 8th, 2019, 9:49am
 
I did email my MP reminding her to vote for it.  I also reminded her of my suggestion that as most well off pensioners don't need this or the Winter Fuel Allowance, they both should be means tested.  And as Pension Credit is already means tested it seemed simple to me.  Simple? If you get Pension Credit you also get WFA and Free TV Licence!

She had passed that one on to the relevant dept who claimed it would cost too much to implement. Doh!
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Reply #4 - May 10th, 2019, 1:08pm
 
Bits from debate:

"....but it seems to have escaped the notice of some people that, at the time the Act was passed two and a half years ago, Lord Hall on behalf of the BBC agreed to the proposal and therein lies some of the problem."

"As the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport set out a couple of months ago, the BBC is a powerful example of how our public service broadcasters act as a force for good at home, performing in the national interest to deliver valuable news coverage and hugely popular shows."

"Keeping TV licences free for all over-75s would require unprecedented cuts to the BBC’s spending on broadcasting and content"

The result - if you call it that-
Resolved,

That this House calls on the Government to honour the Conservative party’s 2017 manifesto promise to maintain free TV licences for the over-75s for the duration of this Parliament by ensuring sufficient funding to do so and, should the BBC propose changes to the concession, to ensure that the proposed changes are subject to parliamentary consent.

The full Hansard Report is at https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2019-05-08/debates/6FE9E590-B299-471A-BAAD...
-A50946D5841D/TVLicencesForOver-75S

but it will take a while to read!
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