Television Licences: Fees and Charges

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered am ar 22 Ebrill 2024.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Exports)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment she has made of the affordability of the BBC licence fee for people on lower incomes; and if she will make an assessment of the potential steps she can take to increase the affordability of the licence fee for those people.

Photo of Julia Lopez Julia Lopez Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office), The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)

Having considered the cost of living pressures faced by households, the Government decided to change how the inflation-linked uplifts to the licence fee are calculated for 2024. The decision was made to ensure the additional cost to licence fee payers is kept as low as possible while giving the BBC over £3.7 billion in annual licence fee funding to spend on world leading content and deliver on its mission as set out in the Charter.

More broadly, the government believes that there are challenges around the sustainability of the current licence fee funding model, and is therefore conducting a review of the BBC’s funding model.

The Review is assessing a range of options for funding the BBC. It is looking at how alternative models could help secure the broadcaster’s long-term sustainability amid an evolving media landscape, increased competition and changing audience behaviour, while reducing the burden on licence fee payers.

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