Furious viewers demand TV licence is ‘abolished’ as DWP unveils changes to help thousands

BBC: Public share their views on TV licence fee

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info

People have been taking to Express.co.uk to air their grievances following news the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is making it easier for pensioners on a low income to get a free TV licence. They are arguing that it should be abolished for all.

A TV licence costs £159 a year – a cost many people could benefit from not having to pay as the cost of living crisis leaves Britons with very little money left.

More than one million pensioners are claiming Pension Credit – a DWP benefit which tops up their income if they also receive a state pension.

Currently, over 75s must obtain and share documentation with the BBC to prove they are in receipt of Pension Credit to get the TV licence fee waived.

However, new plans mean the BBC will be able to automatically check whether a person applying for a free TV Licence is on Pension Credit.

While it’s good news for over 75s on a low income, Express.co.uk readers have been taking to the website to call for the BBC licence fee to be axed entirely.

Many believe it is outdated and should be free for everyone, not just people on a low income who are 75 or older.

Addressing UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, Klingon Warrior said: “Nadine, don’t back-track on us, just abolish the BBC licence fees for everyone.

“The BBC will have to earn their own living instead of just taking money from us, other broadcasters do.”

Martin Lewis shares the ‘best thing’ to do with inheritance money [UPDATE]
Martin Lewis slams energy suppliers as exit fees soar to £600 [WARNING]
Rishi Sunak to give pensioners extra £850 [INSIGHT]
‘It was stressful’ Mum loses £200 to faulty ATM while on dream holiday [ALERT]

Another reader, Silverbells wrote: “So, the majority of pensioners will still be forced to pay this tax?

“Just a play on words, no different to the present situation!”

Paddy47 said: “No one should be subsidising the BBC.

“Bbc should be by advertising and or subscription. Like every other channel.

“Shouldn’t be favoured.”

Yesterday, the Culture Secretary said: “The BBC’s disappointing decision to stop providing free TV licences for all over-75s has left low-income pensioners who remain eligible jumping through administrative hoops to avoid paying the charge.

“The changes mean those receiving Pension Credit will get the savings with minimum fuss, ensuring more people get the support they are entitled to as we tackle the cost of living and grow the economy.”

The new plans will make it easier for those who are eligible to get a free TV licence by taking the extra bureaucracy out of the process.

However, some 850,000 pensioners aren’t claiming Pension Credit despite the fact they are eligible – which means they will also miss out on a free TV licence.

What is happening where you live? Find out by adding your postcode or visit InYourArea

Pensioners should qualify for Pension Credit if they earn less than £177.10 per week or £270.30 if they are part of a couple.

Meanwhile, blind or severely sight impaired people could get a 50 percent reduction on their TV licence.

Residents in care homes that have ARC schemes will pay a concessionary rate of £7.50. Meanwhile, over-75s in residences with ARC schemes are eligible for a free licence.

More information can be found at tvlicensing.co.uk.

Source: Read Full Article