Television: Licensing

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th December 2017.

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Photo of Lord Lipsey Lord Lipsey Chair, Political Polling and Digital Media Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the saving in public expenditure resulting from the transfer of the cost of providing free TV licences for those aged 75 and over to the BBC.

Photo of Baroness Buscombe Baroness Buscombe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

As announced at the Summer Budget 2015, the funding of the free TV licence for those aged 75 and over will transfer to the BBC from 2020.

Currently the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for reimbursing the BBC for free TV licences for those aged 75 and over. At the time of the Summer Budget 2015, the Office for Budget Responsibility estimated the exchequer impact to be:

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

+ £200m

+ £445m

+ £745m

There will also be an additional saving of £1m from 2020/21 onwards relating an administration fee payable by DWP to the BBC.

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