Thousands of elderly people living on the Isle of Wight will soon have to start paying for their TV licence as the BBC announces it is scrapping free licences for those aged 75+.
Within the next 12 months, over-75s will have to start paying £154.50 a year to watch live television and access services such as BBC’s iPlayer.
The news means OAPs already struggling to make ends meet will have to fork out another £12.88 a month – or face a fine of up to £1,000. However, those who receive pension credit will still be able to claim a free licence.
The BBC say that the change has to take place to avoid cutting channels.
In 2011, 15,842 people living on the Isle of Wight – around 11.5% of the population – were aged over 75.
The 75+ age group have had the benefit of free TV licences since 1999 but that will all come to an end in June 2020.