The BBC has launched its public consultation on what, if any, TV licence fee concession should be in place for older people from June 2020.
At the moment all households with someone aged over 75 receive a TV licence free of charge. The cost of this scheme has been funded by the UK Government since Labour introduced it in 2000.
That Government-funded scheme – which is expected to cost £745m by 2021/22 – comes to an end in June 2020 when the UK Government will stop paying for it.
Any new scheme from June 2020 to provide concessions relating to TV licences for older age groups is for the BBC to consult on, decide and then pay for.
This decision is the responsibility of the BBC’s Board but the responses the BBC receives to the consultation will help them decide what to do next.
Should you wish to have your say, the BBC’s consultation is open until Tuesday 12 February 2019. To find out more, and to take part, go to bbc.co.uk/yoursay. If you require alternative formats (e.g Braille and audio) the consultation can be accessed by calling 0800 232 1382.