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THOUSANDS OF ISLANDERS HIT AS FREE TV LICENCE FOR OVER 75s SCRAPPED


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.

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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.

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Lally
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Lally

You only have to have a few pounds over the limit and you are not eligible for pension credit. Go to prison and you get it all.

Samantha
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Samantha

Absolutely disgusting bbc should be ashamed of themselves this world we live in is greedy and selfish

baz
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baz

Because I joined a private pension and paid into it ever week I cannot get pension Credit, so it pays NOT to save.

Martin
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Martin

BBC- take a look at the ridiculous salaries you pay some of your staff….

Ellery Banks
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Ellery Banks

HOUSE OF COMMONS REPORT ON BBC LICENCE FEE:
“The BBC told us of some early findings: that there are 10% more female households; … and that they are more likely to answer the door to enforcement officers. It is unclear when the review will be complete. At that point, the BBC and Capita will need to act quickly to address any systemic unfairness in their approach to enforcing the licence fee with men and women.” Older women have already been victimised over the 6-year pension hike scandal. The Licence issue applies to both men and women but this another way in which to treat the vulnerable as a soft touch for victimisation.
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Sadly English
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Sadly English

Ellery, This is not a case of discrimination against women but discrimination against the older generation (unfortunately fashionable in this country at the moment) I do agree with you regarding the shoddy way women have been robbed regarding pensions.

JANET HAZEL ALLEN
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JANET HAZEL ALLEN

Nearly time you could buy a t v without BBC

Kathleen Bowler
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Kathleen Bowler

Again penalising those who have paid into a works pension and therefore don’t receive pension credit.

Barry Chantler
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Barry Chantler

Why does the BBC start advertising like other providers.
For the want of a few adverts this money can be re-couped!
What a tight lot.
This is the sign of the time,easy way out!
Feel ashamed the first word is BRITISH !

Joe Bloggs
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Joe Bloggs

I suggest all over 75s refuse to pay.

Joan
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Joan

Go on a peaceful protest

Joe Bloggs
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Joe Bloggs

Cut some of their stars obscene salaries such as Lineker, Norton and Winkleman.

Jade
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Jade

Over 75s have paid there dues
Perhaps the likes of Lineker and Winkleman could donate a little bit of their obscene amount of money they “earn”

Rob
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Rob

I would rather not watch any of those channels on BBC than pay a TV licence.
I guess the big bosses are due a pay rise hence the the over 75 paying next year

Joan
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Joan

Cutting the amount of money they spend on there “stars” would enable pensioners to have a free licence, most of them are paid far to much

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