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    • surfsister
    • By surfsister 6th Jan 19, 9:36 AM
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    petition Age Uk Save Free TV for Older People
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    • 6th Jan 19, 9:36 AM
    petition Age Uk Save Free TV for Older People 6th Jan 19 at 9:36 AM

    Switched Off: Save Free TV for Older People

    For over a million of our oldest citizens the TV is their constant companion and window on the world. And now itís under threat.

    The BBC is considering removing free TV licences from the over-75s. But this is really the Governmentís doing: they pushed the scheme onto the BBC without asking any of us what we think or providing the funding to sustain it.

    Together, we must demand the Government takes back responsibility for funding free TV licences for everyone over 75.
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    • By POPPYOSCAR 12th Jun 19, 3:02 PM
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    Signed and passed to family and friends.
    • Mnd
    • By Mnd 13th Jun 19, 4:59 PM
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    One thing I do disagree with, if 1 person in the house is over 75, then at the moment, a free TV licence is issued. However there may be several other people in the household under 65 who don't have to pay.
    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 14th Jun 19, 4:12 PM
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    I wont be signing this as pensioners voted for us to leave the UK. I have no time for them.
    Originally posted by 1974Stephen
    I know many many pensioners as I am of that age

    Some voted to stay, some voted to leave.

    Your comment shows either your stupidity or ignorance, I canít decide which.

    When you say ďI have no time for themĒ do you not realise pensioners arenít a separate race or species and you will be one some fine day
    • surfsister
    • By surfsister 20th Jun 19, 6:36 AM
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    • ToxicWomble
    • By ToxicWomble 23rd Jun 19, 3:10 PM
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    The population has more people over 75 than at anytime in the past mainly due to the post-war baby boom.
    There is also some very reliable evidence that they are wealthier than at any other time in the past.
    It makes no financial sense to give something away for free to millions of people and expect the rest of the population to pick up the tab.
    I don’t see why I should pay more so that 75 year olds (who probably have more disposable income than me) can have it for free.
    They have a choice like most things in life - if you want it, pay for it. If you can’t/won’t pay then don’t use/have it
    • terrific
    • By terrific 12th Nov 19, 8:30 PM
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    I have no idea why younger generation think it is ok to blame the elderly for voting leave in the referendom. It has nothing to do with the revoke of tv licence. I say if you do not watch BBC why should you pay the licence fee????? I don't watch it because it is rubish most of the time and I don't listen to radio? So I say what ever your age, if you are like me you should not pay for something you don't use? You would pay for something in a shop and leave on purpos without it???????
    • giraffe69
    • By giraffe69 13th Nov 19, 10:03 AM
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    The system can change, of course but given the current one I can't see why being 75+ should exempt you from the licence fee. I can understand a dispensation for those who have a very low income.
    When I get to 75(not all that long!) I don't expect the Government or BBC to spend money giving me a free licence and if I don't like live TV or Iplayer then I can view not to have a licence.
    • General Grant
    • By General Grant 14th Nov 19, 11:48 AM
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    General Grant
    I'm a very few years off 75 and watch very little TV and live alone. I can afford to pay the licence fee and do so - probably costs me £12/hour for what I actually watch but I do listen to the radio and access the BBC website so I am not complaining.

    However I can see that people not currently in receipt of income related benefits may still have a low income and the licence fee is borderline for their finances.

    What I do think is that if younger people are in the household then the household should pay the full licence, just as it would if the 75+ person was not part of it.
    • badmemory
    • By badmemory 16th Nov 19, 4:19 AM
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    This is imposed by a gov that does not want an independent TV reporting on its actions. They just want yesmen saying how great they are. That is what they need to keep them in government. It has become acceptable to lie & therefore deceive people about your objectives. Well basically it has just become acceptable to lie!
    • badmemory
    • By badmemory 16th Nov 19, 4:36 AM
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    The population has more people over 75 than at anytime in the past mainly due to the post-war baby boom.
    There is also some very reliable evidence that they are wealthier than at any other time in the past
    Originally posted by ToxicWomble

    Wealthier than being in absolute poverty should be a good thing. But actually if you figure out the maths (which does seem a strain for some) post war baby boom could not start until 9 months after demob so we aren't over 75 yet. This pending increase is probably why the gov (well this gov anyway) want to drop us.

    How I wish I was wealthier - no DB pension for me - after all I am female. I keep myself & my son on my pension which is well below £20k & for those who believe all over 65s voted leave - I did not! (& don't know any who did in this leave area).

    Makes me worry about how aggressive those pollsters were because if they were then I too would probably have lied about how I voted I have done that before. But I do know several in their 40s & 50s who did vote leave. This is why I always query any exit poll. They are totally unreliable.

    Can you imagine coming out of a polling station to be confronted by someone with a "symbol" which defines them as being from a party which you do not identify with. I know that I would tell them I voted for them regardless. I would have seen them going in & there is no way I would vote for them whoever they were.
    Last edited by badmemory; 16-11-2019 at 5:02 AM.
    • badmemory
    • By badmemory 16th Nov 19, 5:12 AM
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    The population has more people over 75 than at anytime in the past mainly due to the post-war baby boom.
    Originally posted by ToxicWomble

    The war didn't end until mid 1945. That means that the post war baby boom could not have started until early 1946, unless you have managed to decrease the gestation period. Even if born the day the war ended they would still only be 74. Please stop posting falsehoods.
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