Age UK responds to announcement that BBC will delay TV licence fee changes until August
Published on 16 March 2020 01:00 PM
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said: “We welcome the BBC’s decision to allow free TV Licences for over-75s to continue during this health emergency as a victory for common sense.
“Unfortunately many over-75s will have already received a letter suggesting they get their Pension Credit letters photocopied at the local library or corner shop. This runs counter to the public health message the Government seems likely to be giving older people very soon about staying at home to reduce their risk of infection, so it’s important older people are informed that there’s no need for them to take this action for now.
“While today’s decision is warmly welcome we do question whether a delay of just eight weeks will be anything like long enough. We will be monitoring the situation closely and continuing to liaise with Government and the BBC over this period. The aim must be to ensure that no older person is exposed to the risk of infection as a result of the introduction of a new TV Licence scheme. If the experts are right and the virus will continue to be a threat for many months to come a pause until 1st August will be a lot shorter than needed.”
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