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Does my dad have to pay for his TV licence?

wild_onewild_one Member Posts: 91 Connected
edited June 2019 in Finances and extra costs
So, I'm not sure if anyone can help with this one. I'm asking this question for my dad. The BBC look as though they are means testing TV licences for pensioners (whether this will actually happen I don't know). My dad (84) lives alone on attendance allowance but doesn't qualify for pension credit. My mum lives in a care home (chronic dementia) but does qualify for pension credit. As pension credit seems to be the deciding factor, will he have to pay the licence fee?

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  • MisscleoMisscleo Member Posts: 646 Pioneering
    I think your dad will be paying for his tv licence cos youv said he dosnt qualify 

    Your mom isnt living in your dad's home so her pension credit has no barring  on.your dad's claim.
  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 2,736

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    Hi @wild_one
    As far as I understand it, pensioners that are not eligible for Pension Credit will have to pay for the T.V. licence in 2020. However, if the change actually happens remains to be seen.
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  • KG100KG100 Member Posts: 178 Pioneering
    I wonder if pensioners will actually be prosecuted if they refuse to pay for the licence.
    I notice they haven't said yes or no to that question yet !!
  • Government_needs_reformGovernment_needs_reform Member Posts: 858 Pioneering
    I'm afraid he will be subjected to pay for a TV licence and only get a free one if he fits this criteria below.

    The BBC will scrap blanket free licences for over-75s, but housesholds with one person who receives Pension Credit will still be eligible.

    The BBC said “fairness” was at the heart of the ruling, which comes into force in June 2020.

    The only way he may still get it if the ruling is overturned.

    ⬇️
    I created one of the campaign election videos for Labour, and Jeremy Corbyn,
    This is a new version of Emeli Sande, Hope "You Are Not Alone
    I highlighted everything that's wrong with this country from benefits, NHS, UC etc, but now we have to put up with the hate now that is the Tories. 

    You can see the video here.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P5o8hRHh9IY


  • wild_onewild_one Member Posts: 91 Connected
    Personally, I suspect they'll back down on the pensioners, and just wack the licence fee up to compensate?
  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 2,736

    Scope community team

    I think that is most likely.
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  • KG100KG100 Member Posts: 178 Pioneering
    I wonder if free bus passes will be next to go !!
  • Government_needs_reformGovernment_needs_reform Member Posts: 858 Pioneering
    edited June 2019
    Here is some further information regarding this topic.

    Also to add for anyone who is interested, it's Capita, yes, Capita that collects the tv license fees.. fingers in everything.

    Q&A: When will the new charge be introduced and will I be affected? 

    When will the licence fee change come in?

    June 1, 2020

    Who will be affected?

    Anyone over the age of 75 will lose their exemption – except those on pension credit.

    How many households could be exempt?

    Around 3million UK households are eligible for a pension credit – which tops up weekly income to £167.25 for a single person or £255.25 for a couple. People who reached state pension age before April 2016 can also apply for up to £15.35 per couple per week if they have savings. 

    Half of those households – 1.5million – have residents over the age of 75, so would be eligible for a free TV licence. However, only around 900,000 actually claim the benefit.

    How do I obtain pension credit?

    Aimed at retired people on low incomes, both single people and couples, it is means tested but can be worth thousands of pounds a year. Call the pension credit claim line on 0800 99 1234. They will fill in the application for you over the phone. 

    You need your national insurance number and bank details along with information about your finances including savings, mortgages, investments and any other assets.

    How do you claim a free TV licence?

    You will have to show TV Licensing – the arm of the BBC in charge of collecting the charge – proof that you receive pension credit. This could be a copy of the letter you received from the Department for Work and Pensions.

    How will it be policed?

    TV Licensing will develop and operate an ‘independent self-verification system’ online. It will also provide pensioners who think they are entitled to the pension credit, but do not claim it, details of how to do this.


    It is truly a sad day that the tories, and the BBC are actually carrying this out.

    ⬇️
    I created one of the campaign election videos for Labour, and Jeremy Corbyn,
    This is a new version of Emeli Sande, Hope "You Are Not Alone
    I highlighted everything that's wrong with this country from benefits, NHS, UC etc, but now we have to put up with the hate now that is the Tories. 

    You can see the video here.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P5o8hRHh9IY


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