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Free TV licences to be scrapped for millions of over-75s - MSE News

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in TV MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in TV MoneySaving
Free TV licences will only be available for over-75s who receive pension credit from next June, the BBC has announced today...
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'Free TV licences to be scrapped for millions of over-75s'
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  • roddydogsroddydogs Forumite
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    How many threads do we need?
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    FarwayFarway Forumite
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    edited 10 June 2019 at 3:23PM
    Bad news for me, but a lot of water under bridges & General Elections could take place before then so I'll cross this particular bridge when it comes


    PS, not aware of other threads, sorry if duplicating
  • BoohooBoohoo Forumite
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    I can see the headlines next June 2020 when a lot of the over 75's are being put into care homes or booted out of the family home as they only had them stay in the home because of them getting the free TV licence anyway.
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    Let's be quite clear on this: this is the direct result of the Conservative government's decision to dump the entire cost of this scheme onto the BBC.

    So instead of its being funded by the government (ie all of us) it's now going to be funded entirely by the BBC - and that's despite Theresa May's promise in 2017 to maintain funding for pensioner benefits, including bus passes, prescriptions and TV licenses, until the end of the present Parliament in 2022.

    So let's put the blame where it lies - not with the BBC, but the Tory Government.
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    Boohoo wrote: »
    I can see the headlines next June 2020 when a lot of the over 75's are being put into care homes or booted out of the family home as they only had them stay in the home because of them getting the free TV licence anyway.

    Not to mention the ones jailed after Capita have kicked in the door.
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    Doc_N wrote: »
    So instead of its being funded by the government (ie all of us) it's now going to be funded entirely by the BBC - and that's despite Theresa May's promise in 2017 to maintain funding for pensioner benefits, including bus passes, prescriptions and TV licenses, until the end of the present Parliament in 2022.

    So let's put the blame where it lies - not with the BBC, but the Tory Government.

    To be clear: instead of being funded by all of us through general taxation, it's going to be funded in part by some of us (through the TV Licence) and the remainder by the people who benefit from the service and will have the same option to opt-out that everyone else does.

    Roll-on the pensioner wave of Netflix adopters. :)
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  • CornucopiaCornucopia Forumite
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    Not to mention the ones jailed after Capita have kicked in the door.

    To be fair, Capita don't kick doors in.
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    Cornucopia wrote: »
    To be clear: instead of being funded by all of us through general taxation, it's going to be funded in part by some of us (through the TV Licence) and the remainder by the people who benefit from the service........

    Except that the government has the downright cheek to be blaming the BBC for this - when it's actually the government that dumped the financial responsibility for it from itself to the BBC.

    Duplicitous, lying Tories - as always. Johnson would be an appropriate leader (but a hopeless PM!)
  • BenightBenight Forumite
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    Meanwhile
    Boris Johnson has pledged to cut income tax bills for people earning more than £50,000 a year if he wins the race to succeed Theresa May as prime minister.
    The former foreign secretary told the Telegraph he would use money currently set aside for a no-deal Brexit to raise the 40% tax rate threshold to £80,000.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48577579

    Wasn't this money supposed to help fund the NHS, as per the big red bus?

    Couldn't this money be used to support our elderly?

    No, it'll go to give tax break to our already high earners.
    Under this new tax regime, someone earning £60,000 a year would benefit by £1,000 a year, while someone on £80,000 would gain £3,000 per year.
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    pphillipspphillips Forumite
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    edited 10 June 2019 at 6:01PM
    Benight wrote: »
    Meanwhile

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48577579

    Wasn't this money supposed to help fund the NHS, as per the big red bus?

    Couldn't this money be used to support our elderly?

    No, it'll go to give tax break to our already high earners.
    Under this new tax regime, someone earning £60,000 a year would benefit by £1,000 a year, while someone on £80,000 would gain £3,000 per year.

    Boris is announcing a new tax regime to buy him enough MP votes to become PM:

    "The basic annual salary for an MP from 1 April 2019 is £79,468."
    https://www.parliament.uk/about/mps-and-lords/members/pay-mps/
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