BBC TV Licence: PM to open talks with Beeb bosses on over-75s perk loss  – News 247
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BBC TV Licence: PM to open talks with Beeb bosses on over-75s perk loss – News 247

November 6, 2019

 The Prime Minister said he will hold talks with the BBC to find a way to keep the perk Corporation bosses were criticised by MPs last month for falsely reassuring the over-75s that they would not be made to pay the £154 50 licence fee when the broadcaster knew it could not afford to keep covering the cost Mr Johnson said: “It needs sorting out and I will be talking to the BBC about it We need to find an answer for that.” Ministers handed over responsibility for the benefit to the BBC during negotiations on its charter renewal and the corporation later decided the concession will only be available to households where someone receives Pension Credit from June 2020  Around 1.2 million pensioners who are eligible for the benefit top up do not receive it, with some unaware they are entitled to it while others do not want to admit they need extra help  Charities, peers and MPs have warned the “cruel” decision to cut free licences will leave many lonely older people even more isolated  The government has insisted the BBC should rethink its plans to strip pensioners of the perk after the corporation continued to hand generous salary hikes to its stars  Presenters Jo Whiley, Lauren Laverne and Fiona Bruce, were all given pay rises over the past year  Football commentator Gary Lineker topped the list of the highest earners at £1.75 million  If the BBC continues to refuse to reverse its decision, the government could look at redirecting funding to cover the cost of keeping it free  Conservative MP Robert Halfon said he welcomed Mr Johnson’s decision to hold talks with the BBC  “Since the BBC’s despicable decision to scrap blanket free TV licences for over-75s, I have campaigned to ensure that it doesn’t  come into practice  

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