Means tests for TV li­cences to start next month

Metro (UK) - - NEWS -

FREE TV li­cences for over-75s will be means tested from Au­gust 1, the BBC an­nounced – af­ter it post­poned ax­ing the ben­e­fit from June as ‘the mid­dle of a cri­sis’ was not the right time.

Chair­man Sir David Cle­menti said 1.5mil­lion house­holds may qual­ify for free li­cences if some­one is over 75 and gets pen­sion credit, ad­ding: ‘The BBC could not con­tinue de­lay­ing the scheme with­out im­pact­ing on pro­grammes.’

The broad­caster pre­vi­ously said it could not af­ford to take on fund­ing the li­cences from the gov­ern­ment. Me­dia com­mit­tee chair and MP Ju­lian Knight called the de­ci­sion a ‘body blow’, but union Bectu said the BBC was ‘put in an im­pos­si­ble po­si­tion’ by the gov­ern­ment.

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