Is the BBC Licence Fee going up? It seems it will be.
For the past two years the licence fee has been frozen at £159 per year
BBC Licence Fee going up
BBC bosses are looking to claw back savings, a proposed 9% increase has been mooted ahead of the next financial year.
This would be a rise of around £15 annually, to an expected £173.30.
When asked about a rise above £170, Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said: “Well, obviously, that’s high. This is something that we’re looking at, at the moment. And we’ll be making a decision on this in due course.”
When will they rise?
If it is signed off, which seems likely, it would be increase in April 2024.
Culture minister Lucy Frazer said a decision would be made “very soon”.
She was asked about the concerns over cost of living impacts grow.
She said: “I wouldn’t put it like that at all, no. What we’re concerned about is the cost of living. And as the government, we have taken a number of steps to protect people from the rise of the cost of living over the course of the last few years.
“What we’re looking at is the appropriate rate of inflation. And we’re considering that with an eye on the fact that we want to ensure that people continue to be able to afford their bills.”
What have BBC said?
A BBC spokesperson said: “The government and BBC agreed a six-year licence fee settlement in January 2022, which froze the licence fee for two years with increases in line with inflation from 2024.
“As is usual practice the government sets and confirms the cost of a licence each year and this remains unconfirmed for 2024/25.
“The BBC will continue to focus on what it does best: working to deliver world-class content and providing great value for all audiences.”
What have the viewers said?
Quite a lot, to put it mildly, at the idea of paying more for the BBC. It also appears a lot people (well at least claim) don’t pay it anyway.
Seems a lot of people don’t bother paying it anyway!