July 6, 2022

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‘Can’t afford the licence payment’ Price of dwelling disaster forces pensioners to ditch TV

Campaigners are warning that the price of dwelling disaster is stripping pensioners of any contact with the surface world and ditching their TV as a result of they cannot afford the payment. They’re calling on the Authorities to reinstate free TV licences for everybody aged 75 and over.

Up till July 2020 pensioners had been entitled to a free BBC TV licence once they reached 75-years-old.

Now, nonetheless, all pensioners need to fork out the £159 licence payment until they’re receiving Pension Credit score.

Since then 4.5 million extra folks have been left pressured to fork out the £159 payment including as much as £710million as a nation.

The price of dwelling disaster has solely served to carry this subject again to the forefront.

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Mr Reed continued: “It can lower off poor pensioners from info and leisure at a time when they may want it greater than ever.

“Ministers ought to hold their heads in disgrace having damaged solemn guarantees,” he instructed The Mirror.

In response, a TV Licensing spokesperson stated: “We need to assist prospects stay accurately licensed and we proceed to work with teams all through the UK which assist individuals who fall into monetary issue.

“There are cost plans out there to assist unfold the fee, and anybody 75 or over who receives Pension Credit score is eligible to use for a free licence paid for by the BBC”.

1000’s of pensioners are lacking out on a free TV licence as a result of they haven’t claimed Pension Credit score.

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To qualify for Pension Credit score, Britons have to have reached state pension age and be incomes lower than £177.10 per week.

Claiming Pension Credit score might additionally imply pensioners obtain a council tax discount, in addition to assist in the direction of vitality payments and free prescriptions.

This might save folks a whole lot, if not hundreds of kilos, over the course of a 12 months.

Individuals who by no means watch reside TV programmes on any channel together with iPlayer don’t want a TV licence.

They will apply for a refund and claw a few of the a reimbursement.

The TV licensing web site states: “You don’t want a TV Licence in the event you solely ever use Netflix or different on-line TV providers to observe on demand or catch up programmes, besides in the event you’re watching BBC programmes on BBC iPlayer.

“In the event you solely watch on demand programmes on Netflix and don’t watch TV reside on any TV or streaming service, and don’t watch BBC iPlayer, you could cancel your TV Licence in the event you received’t want it once more earlier than it expires.”