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Thread #166266   Message #3996473
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
14-Jun-19 - 06:58 PM
Thread Name: BS: Disgraceful BBC
Subject: RE: BS: Disgraceful BBC
Here is a link to the petition

And here is the accompanying note:

”The BBC has announced they will means test free TV licences from the over-75s. Means-testing may sound fair but in reality it means at least 650,000 of our poorest pensioners facing a big new annual bill they simply can’t afford. But this is really the Government’s doing: they pushed the scheme onto the BBC without asking any of us what we think or providing the funding to sustain it.

Together, we must demand the Government takes back responsibility for funding free TV licences for everyone over 75.”

I'm glad it avoids the trap of calling for the BBC to reverse its decision, but throws the issue back to the Government, where it belongs. They promised to preserve the free licence in their manifesto, and they should be held to that promise.