Issues / What’s happening with the BBC TV licence? June 11th, 2019 Hot Topic Yesterday the BBC announced it would be scrapping the over-75s TV licence scheme. We gave you an update but not the whole story. Here’s more on the controversial decision: Yesterday, the BBC announced that it would scrap free TV licences for the over-75s. This means that up to 3m more people will have to pay an annual fee of around £150 although pensioners who receive pension credit will not have to pay the TV licence fee at all. The change will come into effect in June 2020. In 1999, the Labour government introduced free TV licences for the over-75s funded through subsidies provided by the state. However, in 2015, George Osborne (the then-Chancellor) announced that the subsidies to the BBC for free licences would be phased out and that the BBC would be able to choose for itself whether to reinstate the fees for pensioners or continue the scheme. After a public consultation of 190,000 in which 52% of the respondents stated that they were in favour of scrapping or reforming the pensioner TV licence scheme, and facing a possible cut of 1/5 of its budget, BBC directors took the decision to reinstate TV licences for over-75s. Recent Articles Should we abolish private schools? What is the Iran Nuclear Deal?