Thank you for taking the time to respond to our survey on the future funding of TV licences for older people.

 

The BBC has launched a consultation about how to fund the TV licence fee for over 75s. Free TV licences for this age group are currently financed by a government scheme which is due to end in 2020. Without government support, the cost of funding free tv licences for older people is expected to total £745m - a fifth of the BBC's current budget by 2021/22.

 

LLA believes it is important to hold both the BBC and the government to account for the future of the free TV licence for over 75s. It costs £150.50 a year and there are still significant numbers of older people living on very low incomes who would genuinely struggle to pay the licence fee if required to do so.

 

There are two million people over 75 in the UK. Research shows that half of this group are disabled, and one in four thinks of television as their main form of companionship. For many others, including those who are lonely - the TV is a precious window to the world.

 

We are eager to hear from our members about the future of the TV licence and how to fund it.  Your responses are anonymous and will be used to shape our response to the BBC.

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* 1. Would scrapping the free TV license stop you from having home access to a TV?

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* 2. Is your TV your main means for staying up-to-date with news and current affairs?

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* 3. Would losing your TV license cause you to feel lonelier?

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* 4. Do you think that the responsibility for free TV licences should be with the government and funded by them?

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* 5. How do you think the BBC should fund TV licences for the over 75s? Please rank you favourite options from 1 -7, with 1 being most positive.

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* 6. Please tell us what your preferred combination would be, if any.

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* 7. Do you have any other comments on the removal of the free TV license?

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