One in seven over-75s yet to get a TV licence after freebies scrapped

One in seven over-75s is yet to get a TV licence following controversial decision to scrap freebies

  • According to BBC figures around 2.7million over-75s have purchased a licence 
  • The BBC has praised the figures, saying they represent ‘good progress’ for the scheme
  • Last August the BBC stripped 4.2million elderly viewers of their free licences 

Around one in seven over-75s still haven’t bought a TV licence or applied for a new one following a controversial policy change, the BBC has revealed.

Last August, the broadcaster stripped 4.2million elderly viewers of their free TV licences. Only over-75s on pension credit can still get them for free.

According to figures released yesterday, around 2.7million over-75s have already purchased a licence while 750,000 have applied for a free one.

This leaves around one in seven older customers yet to transition – either by buying a licence or claiming a free one paid for by the corporation.

The BBC has praised the figures, saying they represent ‘good progress’ for the scheme. It added: ‘We always knew the transition process would take time and this has been central to our planning.’

Around one in seven over-75s still haven’t bought a TV licence or applied for a new one following a controversial policy change, the BBC has revealed. Last August, the broadcaster stripped 4.2million elderly viewers of their free TV licences. Only over-75s on pension credit can still get them for free [Stock image]

The BBC said that ‘to date, more than 84 per cent of customers have made TV Licence arrangements.’

They also reported that 65 per cent of those who have bought a licence have chosen to pay in one go, with the remainder set-up on affordable payment plans.

A total of 4.2million free licences were being claimed when the scheme came into effect six months ago – which needed to transition to new paid or free TV licences.

It means that in total about one in seven over-75s are left to transition either by buying a licence or claiming a free licence paid for by the BBC.

The corporation said that ‘after six months, this is good progress for the implementation of a programme of this size. We always knew the transition process would take time and this has been central to our planning’.

The BBC claimed it wrote to all over-75 customers in August who had previously held a free licence explaining how they apply for a paid or free licence.

They then sent a reminder letter to a smaller group in October and November.

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