I have received it for a few years. I see why they are withdrawing it but, like the Winter Fuel Allowance , I regarded it as a package with the Retirement Pension. U.K. state pensions are quite small by international standards so , maybe, the Government should step in for, say, the over 80’s to retain the free TV licence
I am a pensioner. There are plenty of us that enjoy the free TV License but, to be honest, spend the money on beer and pickled onions. We don't really need it.
There are others who, for one reason or another, have little or no Pension and do need all the help that there is available. They are the folk that get Pension Credit and should get a free license. I would add a "rider" to that. If their household is paying for Sky, Netflix or similar, they forfeit that freebie
If their household is paying for Sky, Netflix or similar, they forfeit that freebie
This is the thing that really annoys me. People complain about the TV license but quite happily pay up to £80/£100 a month for Sky or Cable depending on their package. People complain about the BBC being "All repeats" when a huge amount of Sky/Cable is composed of repeats, much of which originated on BBC. People say BBC should take advertising when they already do on the Sky/Cable channels that they put out (UKTV channels). Much of the technical advances in TV have been from BBC research.