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The BBC is set to consider the licence fee exemption for over 75s – what could it mean for licence fee costs in the future?

By Ben Dowell
Wednesday, 17th October 2018 at 3:37 pm
Free licence fees for the over 75s have been a welcome perk for the elderly – and a bone of contention for the BBC.

Introduced by the Labour Chancellor Gordon Brown in 2001, the cost of the concession was initially borne by the government.

That changed in 2015 during BBC charter negotiations: when the deal was reached in January 2017, the BBC was required to pay a share of the roughly £725 million bill.

The cost of the concession to more than 4.46 million homes for the £150.50 per year charge is currently split with the government, with the BBC paying an increased share every year.

Understandably the BBC is uncomfortable with this burden. On Wednesday 17th October 2018 the preliminary findings of an independent report into the concession was produced, paving the way for the free licence fees to end by June 2020… 

Free licence fees for the over 75s have been a welcome perk for the elderly – and a bone of contention for the BBC.

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Director-general Tony Hall says he believes that the licence fee charge will last even beyond the end of 2027 when the next BBC charter expires

 

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