BBC Resumes Scrapping of Free TV Licenses

The BBC is resuming its plan to end free TV licenses for most over 75s from the 1st August.

From this date, only those on pension credit will get a free TV license, meaning 3 million households will now have to pay the charge.

Free TV licenses had previously been funded by central government, but this responsibility has more recently bee transferred to the BBC.

The new scheme will still cost the BBC £250 million a year, but this is considerably less than the previous scheme at £745 million a year. Continuing the previous scheme would have caused considerable cutbacks, damaging the wider BBC as a whole.