TV licence fees

Some constituents have written to me to complain about the BBC’s wish to limit free TV licences to only those over 75 who are on a low income. This is clearly out of the spirit of the agreement with the government which gave the BBC the right to levy a higher tax to finance itself as long as it paid for free┬áTV licences for the over 75s.

I am taking this matter up with both the BBC and the government. I think the government should apply more pressure to the BBC to honour the pledge made.

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  1. Tom Lillis
    Posted June 25, 2019 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Redwood,

    I propose as a counter-offer you tell the BBC that you’ll fund them the way PBS is funded in the United States: by quarterly pledge drives asking the viewing public for funds directly. That would focus minds nicely.

  2. Horatio McSherry
    Posted June 25, 2019 at 3:45 pm | Permalink


    As I’m sure you know, you will receive many comment here about abolishing the tax completely. My comment will be no different.

    It is 75 years behind the modern world and totally unethical. It is effectively a protection racket.

    In the next election the Conservatives should promise to abolish it (or at least decriminalise the non-payment of it).

    Kind Regards

  3. Alex
    Posted June 26, 2019 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    End the tele tax and the BBC’s arrogant assumptions about us tax serfs. It’s time to make them work for their money like the rest of us.

  4. Dennis
    Posted June 26, 2019 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Which other countries in the world have a compulsory tax just to have a TV even just plugged in? Does anyone know of any and what the tax is?

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