Free TV licences for over 75s next year

Isle of Man Government is to meet the cost of TV licences for residents aged over 75 who don’t receive income support, until the end of 2021.  

The move follows the decision by the BBC that from 1 January 2021 it will fund licences only for pensioners in receipt of that benefit.  

The Treasury and Council of Ministers have considered the position for residents aged over 75 who are not entitled to income support, and has agreed to fund the concession for all over-75s for the calendar year 2021.  

The Treasury Minister Alfred Cannan said: ‘The decision by the BBC has come at quite a late point in the year. In the light of that and given a number of circumstances, including the COVID 19 pandemic, it is appropriate that we provide clarity now on what will happen for next year.   

‘Therefore we have committed to covering the cost for everyone aged over 75 for 2021.  This is one less thing to worry about for older pensioners who we understand may have heightened concerns at the present time. This will also allow time to consider what future arrangements might be appropriate’