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Started by WibbleAgain on Sep 12, 2018 10:38:19 AM
End free TV licences for over 75s?

It's being discussed on the Jeremy Vine show.

Get rid of it, means test it, or continue?

Tell us what you reckon.

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WibbleAgain - 12 Sep 2018 10:42:14 (#1 of 112)

If poor over-75s can't afford to watch TV, would they be forced to go out and do better things than stare at the box all day?

If a significant number of these stopped watching TV, would they be less engaged with politics and have a less grip on the vote?

Would it mean politicians don't have to pander to them so much?

hailesaladdie - 12 Sep 2018 10:44:29 (#2 of 112)

On the basis it could be a massive vote-loser for the Tories, I'm all for it.

thisonehasalittlehat - 12 Sep 2018 10:44:34 (#3 of 112)

What would be the benefit?

cozzer - 12 Sep 2018 10:45:07 (#4 of 112)

I'm guessing that means testing would cost more money than that saved by not giving free licenses to people who could afford to pay.

Rendered - 12 Sep 2018 10:46:07 (#5 of 112)

Easier to get rid of the over 75s, shirley.

thisonehasalittlehat - 12 Sep 2018 10:46:49 (#6 of 112)

Nothing very much of any interest happens after 30. Just more of the same innit. I imagine.

WibbleAgain - 12 Sep 2018 10:46:55 (#7 of 112)

That's not on the agenda, young man.

widenation - 12 Sep 2018 10:50:29 (#8 of 112)

They should get a reduced rate perhaps - and free tickets to Countryfile Live and The Antiques Roadshow thrown in.

Intowntonight - 12 Sep 2018 10:53:16 (#9 of 112)

Next they will be charging the retired for Flu vaccinations - or worse.

xDiggy - 12 Sep 2018 10:55:21 (#10 of 112)

My dad is 75 next year and they go 443 Ryanair trips a year. They can afford a TV license.

TheVoiceOfReason - 12 Sep 2018 10:58:27 (#11 of 112)

Or you could privatise the BBC and be done with it.

WibbleAgain - 12 Sep 2018 10:59:25 (#12 of 112)

Next they will be charging the retired for Flu vaccinations - or worse.

Why not just make it not available for over 75s (or whatever cut-age) to receive such superfluous things like flu jabs? Old people are meant to die. Why prolong the agony?

SheikYerbouti - 12 Sep 2018 11:04:34 (#13 of 112)

I'm guessing that means testing would cost more money than that saved by not giving free licenses to people who could afford to pay.

Many benefits received by pensioners are means tested already. It would surely not be beyond the wit of civil servants to tie entitlement to a free TV license to entitlement to CT benefit, or something.

Shadrack22 - 12 Sep 2018 11:17:41 (#14 of 112)

An interactive TV for the over-75s. A hand reaches out through the screen and delivers a bowl of hot soup with croutons.

bevernbridge - 12 Sep 2018 11:22:20 (#15 of 112)

Make over 75s pay double.

If they haven't realised the extent to which tv fucks your brain by that age, they're beyond hope.

widenation - 12 Sep 2018 11:27:35 (#16 of 112)

BBC Breakfast should be blocked for over 75s, to help curb the dementia epidemic.

FleurDuMal - 12 Sep 2018 11:29:47 (#17 of 112)

I think we should privatise the BBC and make it commercially viable. It's a different situation from the early days of broadcasting, and (recently) it's shown itself to be anything but impartial.

Doing this would let us scrap the TV licence for everyone.

SheikYerbouti - 12 Sep 2018 11:32:15 (#18 of 112)

If you're in agreement with Rupert Murdoch and Paul Dacre about something, you should think about whether you're wrong.

bailliegillies - 12 Sep 2018 11:34:11 (#19 of 112)

It's a different situation from the early days of broadcasting, and (recently) it's shown itself to be anything but impartial.



I think it's getting ready for when the government give it to Murdoch's media empire.

TheVoiceOfReason - 12 Sep 2018 11:34:26 (#20 of 112)

I have to say I’m coming around to that point of view too, Fleur, and I never thought I’d say that. Part of me thinks that now more than ever we need a national broadcaster to bring the population together and at least have some agreed standards of debate/truth. But the BBC has shown itself fairly poor at doing this. And do we really need more period drama adaptations? The arguments about standards (“we don’t want our TV to be like rubbish American TV”) holds less and less water these days when you look at some of the stuff that’s coming from Netflix and Amazon.

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