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Nope, not me!

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Nope, you certainly haven’t upset me, and it’s my understanding that persons receiving Pension Credit will in any case “… claim poverty on retirement [and] will be able to claim for a free licence”.

In fact, I hope the over 75s fail in their attempt to retain free licences. They might then support a less selfish campaign to abolish the BBC’s subsidising and privilege and reduce the cost of watching TV for ALL households (those with young children who tune into educational programmes, for example).

Peter

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Jul-12-2020 @ 9:20 AM                           Permalink
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Louise -   if you think that you are the only one who has had to struggle having young kids , think again.   When my kiddies were young I had nothing,  I did a paper round to feed us,  there were no hand outs, nothing at all.   Yes we went hungry,  I have worked all my life and now at 75 it would have been good to get the free TV licence, but I am not speaking about myself,  I am speaking about our real elderly who sit alone in their homes and the TV is their only company. Because they cannot march and make a darn nuisance of themselves they get forgotten.    The Government should take this over if the BBC cannot get its act together.
  

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I was 75 in May and worked full time and paid national insurance contributions for 49 years. When I retired in 2010 I wasn't happy that the government reduced the claim period to 30 years which meant that I'd paid for 19 years with no pension benefit from those extra years. It has now been changed to 35 years but that still leaves 14 years that  I get no pension benefit from.
I have also paid my television licence for 53 years.
I don't think a free TV licence is much to ask for as, since being on the government vulnerable list, we have been locked down since early March so the television has become an important part of our lives and will be for the forseeable future whilst this virus is still around making it unsafe for us to leave our home.

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M,

Where does “if you think that you are the only one who has had to struggle having young kids, think again” come from!  Without wanting to turn this into the Monty Python Four Yorkshiremen sketch, I was born in 1948 (so you can work out my age) in the East End of London in one of the few houses in the street that hadn’t been bombed out. My mother had gone, I’m an only child raised by a blind grandmother using the pittance earned by my father just returned from the war.

It would take a book to cover the things I’ve had to do to feed and clothe my own kids, as you see I hardly come from a background of privilege and wealth.

Today my wife and I are expected to live on a State Pension of £375.92 a month (wow, I’ve just noticed the increase, in April it was only £372.38). I thank God I’ve been able to save and invest for the day I’d no longer be employable, and have private health insurance to lessen my burden on the NHS.

Sorry, but the “real elderly who sit alone in their homes and the TV is their only company” do not and will not have to pay for a TV Licence!

Peter (“Luise” is the name of my boat)

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Hi Peter   -  sorry I mispelt your boat's name.  Did well there then.   I was born in 1945 so attain the grand old age of 75 this year.     I agree with your sentiments  however,   there are an awful lot of folk that will just slip through the net and be a little bit better off than the criteria set to receive the free TV licence.     I am surprised if you are only on the basic pension that you do not qualify.   How any one could possibly live on the basic pension I really do not know.      If it was not for my hubby's pension  then I too would be on the basic pension,  even though I worked all my life and paid a full stamp.   I have an annual pension of - wait for it -  £280 a year.   That arrives in August each year.       So much for a private pension.   You would never know I worked for a lawyer for over 40 years.    In those days no one ever mention anything about a pension scheme.   Still you cannot turn back time and I am grateful for my life now.    

Going back two generations my Nan and Grandad were very poor,   Grandad worked on the roads when he was younger and Nanny was what they termed, asworked in service.     She was part of the 'downstairs' brigade.  She did well considering she was found wandering with her younger brother in London at the age of 4 and was taken to Dr Barnardos.   Her brother was shipped off to Canada and Nanny stayed in London, they gave her clean clothes and a good education.

Good to hear how others have fared.    Also good to see that we can disagree and still be friendly forumites.

  

  

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Well personally I would support the retention of the existing exemptions, but believe that more fundamental reforms are necessary both for the BBC and BT.

In my humble opinion both should revert to being genuine Public Service Organisations providing a basic service effectively free at point of reception and divested of the numerous commercial activities they seem to have diversified into.  Two TV channels 4 VHF national radio networks and a limited number of regional stations plus from BT fibre optic landlines to all houses all free of rental charges would be my preference.  Maybe a statuary right to cover national events free but no competing at vast expense in competition with commercial companies.

If finance is a problem maybe a small annual levy on all mobile phone contracts should be considered.  Likewise abandoning DAB radio to purely commercial interests with no shared infrastructure to maintain could free up resources.

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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Couldn't agree more Bill, excellently worded response!

Trevor

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Hi

Here here Bill, well said.

When you follow the link and complete the info the result is to send an email, to which is added your own comments if you filled them in.

I added this:-

“Most 75 plus people depend on their TV’s for information, social company and of course for general entertainment, without TV many would become lonely and starved of information and news.
The TV licence fee gathered from this group of people is a real burden on their already tight budget, many can’t get further income.
Better the BBC cut some of their exorbitant spending on ultra high paid so called ‘Stars’ and also cut payments to private production companies and do more in house production rather than privatisation through the back door.”

Which sums up my views of the BBC at the moment, being privatised. Take our money in license fees and give them to production companies to profit from, not using those massive profit to plough back into the BBC.

These organisations where setup as public services, now they are seen as cash cows for the private sector. Hard luck to the consumers. The BBC  should no longer get a license fee due to its commercial activities and run on its profit currently taken through the private side of the BBC.

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If they paid more realistic/sensible wages to the managers and stars they over pay, it would be cheaper for all,they have had a easy cash flow for to long, they no longer give value as they use to,  at one time in the past if the BBC said any thing it was almost gospel and informative of the facts with out prejudice, not any longer.Let them cut some fat to every body's satisfaction and benefit except the over paid presenters and let us all have a cheaper service that we can enjoy. John

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