The BBC is “stealing the Ovaltine from pensioners’ night-time drink”, Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has claimed, after a change resulted in the over-75s having to pay the licence fee.
A letter has been sent to “The Current Occupier” of Kew Palace from TV Licensing despite the last resident being King George III.
A pensioner has said she feels saddened that her 94-year-old husband will have to pay the TV licence despite “serving his country”.
A north-east MP has called on the government to review the axing of free TV licences for over-75s.
Dame Esther Rantzen has said the BBC’s timing in ending the universal free TV licence for over-75s is “insensitive”.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said he feels “let down” by the BBC over its decision to end the free TV licence for over-75s.
The universal, free TV licence for pensioners is coming to an end.
The end of the free TV licence for over-75s will feel like a “kick in the teeth” to pensioners, campaigners have said.
The free TV licence for over-75s will be means-tested from August 1, the BBC has said.
Jacob Rees-Mogg has pressed the BBC to keep free TV licences for all over-75s, urging: “Auntie, come on, let’s be nice.”
Pensioners rely on their free TV licence more than ever, a charity has warned, as the BBC prepares to announce when it will axe the universal entitlement.
BBC director-general Lord Hall has not ruled out a further delay to the end of the free TV licence for over-75s.
The universal free TV licence for over-75s will end on August 1 instead of June 1 because of the coronavirus outbreak, the BBC has announced.
Veteran actress Miriam Margolyes has criticised the “cruel” and “heartless” end of the free TV licence for over-75s, and accused Boris Johnson of a “dereliction of duty” on the issue.
Dame Esther Rantzen has said privatising the BBC would harm people suffering from loneliness.
Government moves over the BBC “feel” like an attempt to bully the broadcaster, its former chairman Lord Grade has said.
Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan has mooted the possible end of the TV licence fee, while denying the BBC is under “attack”.
Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan has denied launching an “attack on the BBC” as she confirmed a “detailed look at the future of the TV licence model itself”.
The BBC needs to “move with the times” or it could go the same way as collapsed video rental firm Blockbuster, the Culture Secretary has said.
The Government will seek the public’s views on whether evasion of the TV licence should be decriminalised.
Hundreds of thousands of over-75s could struggle to pay utility bills because of planned changes to the TV licence fee system, according to Age UK.
Non-payment of the licence fee could be decriminalised, it is reported.
Dani Dyer has criticised the end of free TV licences for all over-75s.
Over-75s TV licences are a welfare issue and the Government should not have offloaded their cost to the BBC, peers have claimed.
North-east residents are being warned about a TV licence scam email.
Students in Aberdeen are being urged to make sure they are covered by a TV licence.
Boris Johnson has been urged to take action on TV licences for over-75s after the Prime Minister called on the BBC to “cough up” and fund the axed, universal entitlement.
Pensioners will struggle with the process of buying a TV licence, a charity has warned, as it criticised the BBC’s plans for home visits.
Dame Helen Mirren has backed calls to save free TV licences for over-75s, warning those who miss out could end up isolated.
A BBC decision to charge pensioners to watch television has been branded a “complete and utter disgrace” by a north-east MSP.