Here in the UK, we have to have a licence if we own a television or have means to receive broadcasts from the BBC. Up until recently, if you were over 75, you had a free TV licence, but that has all been scuppered as pensioners are means tested now and need to be in receipt of certain benefits before they are eligible. In my book, this is all wrong and for many pensioners, a television is their only means of contact with the outside world and our caring government have taken it away.
Hubby and I haven’t had a television since 2007. We don’t miss it, and people find it strange that we don’t have one. There is absolutely nothing that interests us anyway, and as programmes being broadcast are in excess of 40/50 years old, nothing is likely to.
Even if they were to charge the same as the licence fee was when these programmes were originally broadcast, we still wouldn’t want one.
We joked that when we were 75, we’d get a television because of the free licence, even though we doubted anything would change. Seems we won’t have to bother anyway.
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