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Free TV licence axe delay welcomed

A local charity has welcomed news that the end of the free TV licence for all over-75s has been delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The universal benefit was due to end on June 1, when it will be restricted to those who claim pension credit, but that has now been pushed back to August 1.

A joint statement from the BBC and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: "Changes to the TV licence for people aged over 75 had been due to come into effect on 1 June. But during this time we do not want anyone to be worried about any potential change." It added: "Our current plan is to now bring it into place on August 1."

Eithne Gilligan from Age NI said: "While today's decision is warmly welcomed, we do question whether a delay of just eight weeks will be anything like long enough."

Belfast Telegraph