Scrapping the free TV license for over-75s could push 50,000 elderly people into relative poverty, according to research from the charity Age UK, which urges the government to take up the proposal to provide BBC services to Senior citizens.  Last year the issuer opened a consultation on the opportunity to start charging the elderly for the fee of £ 150.50 a year, but the & # 39; Charitable organization said that such a move could upset many older people, "potentially forcing them to reduce other essential aspects such as heating and food to stay informed, entertained, stimulated and connected to the world beyond their doors".
The age of the United Kingdom has calculated that forcing over-75s to start paying for BBC services could affect available incomes and leave tens of thousands of households a choice between being able to watch television or being pushed into relative poverty, which is defined as families with less than 60% of the average family income.
"Contrary to the stereotype that suggests that everyone in the future is wealthy, the reality is that most people live with rather modest incomes, especially if they go higher in the age bracket," said Caroline Abrahams, director of charity of Age UK.
The over seventy-year-olds were introduced by the last Labor government in 2000 in an attempt to reduce the poverty of pensioners, on the basis of an agreement that saw the government directly compensate the BBC for the lack of revenue from public funds.
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Although the BBC has publicly insisted that it kept an open mind awaiting the results of the consultation, the company made it clear that it would have to make huge cuts to its programming budget and possibly shut down channels if it continued to provide free services for over -75s.
The corporat has also commissioned research emphasizing that many older people are richer than previous generations, although his consultation admits that some may be exposed to greater risk of social isolation if they lose access to free television.
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who introduced the Chancellor's favor, strongly opposed any change and emphasized that the 2017 conservative manifesto included a commitment to keep the TV license free.
The reintroduction of the TV license for over-75s could also lead to the prosecution of people aged 80 to 90 due to non-payment of the fee, with possible prison sentences for those who are not able to pay.
A proposal is to introduce a discount rate for over-75 or consider income, but Age UK has also warned against the means: test the benefit Among the fears, vulnerable retirees may not apply this discount .
BBC One's average audience is now around 60, while the public is aging for many BBC services. An ever-increasing portion of consumers will receive free services from the company unless a change is made.
The BBC is also addressing the need to redirect funding to attract a younger audience, which is less likely to consume the content of the issuer, especially in the face of rival rivals like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
A BBC spokesperson said: "Free TV licenses for people over 75 should cost £ 745 million a year by 2021-22 and government funding for the scheme ends in June 2020 This is a very important issue We are aware that pensioner poverty is still a problem for some elderly people.
"We have defined a number of options in our consultation – each one has merit and consequences, with implications for the future of BBC and for all, including the elderly. We need to listen to everyone's opinions to help the BBC make the best and fairest decision. "