Television: Licensing

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 14th January 2019.

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Photo of Faisal Rashid Faisal Rashid Labour, Warrington South

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has plans to provide free TV licences to people over the age of 75 after the end of the current scheme in 2020.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The government agreed with the BBC at the 2015 funding settlement that responsibility for the concession will transfer to the BBC in 2020. It is entirely the BBC’s decision on the future of the concession. However, we have been clear that we would want and expect the concession to continue.

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