VLV condemns lack of consultation on free licences for over 75s funding

Free licences for the over 75s to be funded by the BBC:  VLV condemns lack of consultation

The VLV has responded to the surprise announcement made by the Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, today in the House of Commons that the BBC’s licence fee income will pay for the cost of licence fees for the over 75s from 2018 onwards at a cost of around £650 million per annum - comparable to the entire BBC Radio budget.

Colin Browne, Chairman of VLV,  said “It is disgraceful that this decision has been taken with no public consultation of any kind.  We were promised a full and transparent discussion about the future of the BBC, but this has effectively been pre-empted by this announcement.”

Published by: VLV

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