TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to BBC charging over 75s for licence fee

For immediate release

Responding to the confirmation that the BBC will end free TV licences for over 75s, James Roberts, political director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:

"This announcement shows the Beeb would rather fleece pensioners than cut its wasteful diversity budgets and top star salaries. 

"The TV tax is a terrible burden which will now be slammed onto the over 75s, and is a kick in the teeth at such a difficult time for older people.

"Rather than forcing pensioners to pay the hated telly tax, the BBC should acknowledge the current funding model isn’t fit for purpose and step into the 21st century by abolishing the licence fee altogether.”


TPA spokesmen are available for live and pre-recorded broadcast interviews via 07795 084 113 (no texts)

Media contact:

Harry Fone
Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
[email protected]
24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113 (no texts)

Notes to editors:

  1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) fights to reform taxes, reduce spending and protect taxpayers. Find out more about the TaxPayers' Alliance at

  2. TaxPayers' Alliance's advisory council.

  3. The TaxPayers' Alliance has launched the Axe the Tax campaign, calling for an end to the television licence fee.
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