TV Licences for over-75S

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:03 pm on 8th May 2019.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West 4:03 pm, 8th May 2019

My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech. The BBC is under a lot of pressure in respect of new services, and has introduced BBC Sounds, on-demand services and social media services. These services are less likely to be used by the over-75s, but the Government expect the BBC to introduce these services and take away the benefit for over-75s or take the costs. This cannot stand. Does she not agree that the Government need to pay for this, because the BBC needs to continue to innovate?