BBC is preparing to scrap free TV licences for over 75s in August

The BBC is preparing to scrap free TV licences for over-75s in August, says Lord Hall.

Only those on pension credit were set to continue to receive free TV licences from June 1 after the corporation took on responsibility for funding the benefit.

The BBC pushed it back to August 1, because ‘during this time we do not want anyone to be worried about any potential change’.

Today Director-General Lord Hall confirmed that preparations are now underway to carry out the scrapping.  

From August 1, 2020, around 3.7 million households which previously received a free licence will have to pay for one.

At the moment all over-75s receive a free TV licence but from August, only those households with a member who receives pension credit will be eligible.

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