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Free TV licence for over-75's to be means-tested from August 1

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Michaelt  Male  Devon
9-Jul-2020 15:08 Message #4786322
You lot can fill in the blanks.
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Beach  Male  Dorset
9-Jul-2020 15:15 Message #4786324
No comment.
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eurostar  Female  Merseyside
9-Jul-2020 16:29 Message #4786338
Wonder what the means test is?
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NotHermit  Male  Derbyshire
9-Jul-2020 16:31 Message #4786339
Where are the blanks?
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MrQuiet  Male  Northamptonshire
9-Jul-2020 16:31 Message #4786342
As long as we aren't firing them !
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BOYDEL  Male  Surrey
9-Jul-2020 16:47 Message #4786351
On benefits I think they will not have to pay - but that will be based on household means.
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Santalina  Female  Hampshire
9-Jul-2020 18:26 Message #4786360
It will only be free for those on Pension Credit. Many pensioners apparently don't claim it even though they are entitled to. That being the case they will not get the free licence.
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Hierophant  Male  East Anglia
9-Jul-2020 19:31 Message #4786377
The BBC are spending £100 million on diversity and inclusive content, so in that spirit pensioners are now included in paying for it.
The woke agenda doesn't pay for itself mikeyboy...
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brisinger  Male  Lancashire
9-Jul-2020 21:24 Message #4786392
Where the gripe brigade gone?
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Neros1954  Male  Devon
9-Jul-2020 21:51 Message #4786399
Something had to be done if the bbc is to continue. I believe every benefit should be means tested as I can't see the logic in giving a benefit to those who don't need it and in many cases don't even want it.
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Bewildered  Female  Norfolk
9-Jul-2020 22:09 Message #4786401
My neighbour is 91 and is on PC but wouldnt have a clue how to apply. I saw there letter wanting proof of PC .. so that would mean sending his original paperwork or getting a photocopy... Hes not willing to part with his letter and doesnt go out , so cant get a copy but says at my age "what they gonna do ?"
Be interesting to see how they treat him!

If I could watch the couple of progs, without a licence I would... I only watch an odd item on Yesterday or Talking Pictures..
What does the BBC have to to do with these stations?

Some one told me that if I watch say ITV 3 on CH 33 thats ok because its not live TV ??????
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Michaelt  Male  Devon
9-Jul-2020 22:15 Message #4786402
Neros1954 , And you a Labour man, fair redistribution of wealth and all that.
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Neros1954  Male  Devon
9-Jul-2020 22:34 Message #4786404
In a fair and equal society you do not give more to the rich.
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Kimjongun  Male  South Yorkshire
10-Jul-2020 00:22 Message #4786416
Had tv detector man call next door, he have shock when he saw me.
He pestering neighbour to let him in, he have no right to enter house.
Neighbour tell him to go, I tell him to go, he tell me to thingy off, said not my business.
So I follow him to every house he go, they were all new occupants.
It looks like they do one area a day.

They do not have the legal right to enter your house!

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Victoriana11  Female  Buckinghamshire
10-Jul-2020 08:18 Message #4786421
There's an awful lot of pensioners who ARE hard up and their TV is their only luxury. A lot of them just wouldnt know how to apply.
Male
zodiac1  Male  Flintshire
10-Jul-2020 08:21 Message #4786423
they would save a load of dosh if they didnt pay millions to those overpaid twats like gary linekar and the one show woman
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MrQuiet  Male  Northamptonshire
10-Jul-2020 08:28 Message #4786424
The bbc has been deteriorating for years and been answerable to nobody. If they relied on advertising their sponsors would have been leaving in droves. I don't want to see advertising on bbc but we must evolve with the times and relying on state handouts or legal monopolies is a monster from bygone times.
The bbc could have made it much easier for the pensioners but have chosen the blitzkrieg approach of charge in and shock rather than a sensibly planned approach to their financial problems. They have deliberately used this approach as part of their battle plan.
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Seasons-Greetings  Male  Essex
10-Jul-2020 09:55 Message #4786435
This concession, for the over 75's, was only introduced in November 2000 by the incumbent Labour administration, that also decided it would be paid for by the Government. It's not like they've always had this vote sweetener by rights.
I appreciate that it's a valuable concession but it was announced 5 years ago that the Government would stop funding it and the burden would fall on the BBC to take it over or not from 2020. That was never going to be possible given the way the Government also controlled the amount and way the BBC receives it's funding.
Yes, Auntie should have worked out a different system to fill that gap, maybe for a fee reduction rather than the whole amount having to be paid and they should look to radically reduce the number of regional programming that we have. But then that would change them from being the public broadcasting company.
But (this vital lifeline that many are calling it) is £13/month and while you have to be sympathetic of having to pay it's not like it's suddenly happened overnight.

I don't ever see any complaints from the registered partially sighted (sight impaired) who have to pay the full amount for their TV licence or the registered blind (severely sight impaired) who only get a 50% reduction (presumably because although they can't see what's on they can listen to it !!) which I think is way more unfair.
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Michaelt  Male  Devon
10-Jul-2020 09:58 Message #4786436
Neros1954, Rich people still pay into the system. We have a Universal very low State pension. We have means tested and non means tested State handouts. The means tested State handouts penalise people who have savings over a certain threshold, so what the point in saving ?
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Michaelt  Male  Devon
10-Jul-2020 10:04 Message #4786437
PS. Neros1954, In a fair and equal society we wouldt have poor pensioners due to the low State pension, neither would we have food banks because people cant afford to buy food.

Britain is neither fair or equal.
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Michaelt  Male  Devon
10-Jul-2020 10:14 Message #4786438
Seasons-Greetings, Maybe they dont complain because they know that nobody will either care or listen.

What it takes from the top down is insight into right and wrong.
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BOYDEL  Male  Surrey
10-Jul-2020 10:29 Message #4786441
Most OAPs will (in effect) be paying at least 20% income tax on part of their State Pension as the new flat rate SP takes up around 2/3rds of the £12.5k Personal Allowance - assuming they also have Occupational or other private pension income.

Plus a big chunk of the 3.7 million over 75s will not be living alone...
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Hierophant  Male  East Anglia
10-Jul-2020 10:32 Message #4786442
Sounds like michael is fast approaching 75, if he's not there already.
Stick your hand in your pocket scrooge, you can afford it.....
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BOYDEL  Male  Surrey
10-Jul-2020 10:47 Message #4786444
• In 2017, 5.5% of people aged 65+ in England were single (never married or civil partnered),
60.0% were married or in a civil partnership, 10.5% were divorced and 24.1% were widowed
(ONS, 2018m).
• With increasing age, higher proportions of people are widowed; among those aged 60-64 3.9%
of men and 7.9% of women are widowed whereas among those aged 85+ 35.9% of men and
76.5% of women are widowed (ONS, 2018m).
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Seasons-Greetings  Male  Essex
10-Jul-2020 10:51 Message #4786445
What it takes from the top down is insight into right and wrong.

Yes, we're all equal except that some are more equal than others.

I don't hear the recipients of triple lock pensions complaining about how inequitable that is, when many have had to make do with job losses, salary freezes and/or below inflation increases over the past 5 years since it came into force.

Sometimes it might be advisable to take a little rough with the smooth and just be thankful for what you are getting.

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