Stone welcomes extension to over-75s eligibility for free TV licenses
Commenting on the news, Mr Stone said:
"I am delighted that sense has prevailed. This is an issue that has worried me greatly. I will continue to demand that the Government ensures this measure extends well beyond August!
“The over-75s should not have had to worry about their TV licenses in the first place, but I appreciate that the Government and BBC recognises the importance of the concession during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I will continue to call on the Government to ensure the BBC is not forced to demand license fees from the over 75s later on in the year.”
The BBC and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have today issued the following joint statement:
“Changes to the TV licence for people aged over 75 had been due to come into effect on 1 June. But during this time we do not want anyone to be worried about any potential change.
“The BBC’s priority over the coming period will be to do everything we can to serve the nation at this uniquely challenging time. As the national broadcaster, the BBC has a vital role to play in supplying information to the public in the weeks and months ahead.
“Recognising the exceptional circumstances, the BBC Board has therefore decided to change the start date of the new policy. Our current plan is to now bring it into place on 1 August. We will of course keep the issue under review as the situation continues to evolve.”
BBC Chairman, David Clementi said:
“The BBC board has decided to delay changes to over 75s licence fees. We are in exceptional circumstances. Now is not the right time. We are fully focused on delivering our services to the public at this difficult time.”