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Treasury to review free TV licences for those over 75

Government statement issued

Government says Treasury will be reviewing existing policies around free TV licences for those aged 75 and over on the Island to secure a way forward for pensioners resident here.

It follows the announcement by the BBC Board yesterday to end universal provision of free TV licences; the move was taken following a period of public consultation.

In October 2016 Tynwald resolved that free TV licences for those aged 75 or over should be reinstated with immediate effect.

A statement issued by the Manx government states that those individuals in receipt of a free TV Licence do not need to contact the Treasury as their licences remain valid.