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BBC to end free TV licenses for most over 75s. Are you eligible to keep yours?

Posted on Friday, 10 July 2020 10:01 am | Category: General News The BBC have today announced that they will be ending the free TV license for many over 75s. Find out how it will affect you and how we can help.

Today the BBC have announced that the free TV license for most over 75s will end on the 1st August, leaving many older people struggling to find the £157 necessary to fund the license fee. Many older people have told Age UK that if they are suddenly left with this extra bill that they will have to make the difficult choice between cutting spending on another essential such as heating or food or going without their television which for many older people is their only form of company and entertainment.

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said this morning:
"Many older people on low incomes have told us that if they have to find £150 plus a year to pay for a licence then they will have to forego some other essential, or try to survive without TV at all. We genuinely worry about the mental health of older people living on their own in this situation if they have to give up their cherished TV - for some it really is all they have and their main way of alleviating their chronic loneliness."

The free TV license remains in place for those who recieve pension credit, however Age UK's research shows that as many as 2 in 5 of over 75s who are eligible for this benefit are not currently claiming it. Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington offers a benefit check that can let you know if you're eligible for this benefit and many others and can help you to fill out the forms and put the claim in, all completely free. To contact our information and advice team call 01325 357345 or email and we will arrange an appointment with your local advisor.


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