BBC’s move to make pensioners pay for TV licences descends into farce as website crashes on first day of new charge
BBC’s plans to scrap free TV licences for over-75s came into effect yesterdayA message saying the service was ‘temporarily unavailable’ was on their websiteSite was down for maintenance on Friday night and service resumed last nightBBC said it was always planned for site to be temporarily offline on Saturday
The website for television licences crashed yesterday shortly after the charge making over-75s pay was introduced.
The BBC‘s decision to scrap free licences for over-75s means more than three million households are being asked to pay the £157.50 annual fee for the first time.
Those trying to pay for their TV licence saw a message saying the service was ‘temporarily unavailable while we update it for the changes to over-75s licences’, The Sunday Times reported.
The site was down for maintenance on Friday night but a view who tried to pay on Friday claimed the site’s message said it would be in service by yesterday morning.
The BBC’s decision to scrap free licences for over-75s means more than three million households are being asked to pay the £157.50 annual fee for the first time
The BBC told The Sunday Times that it was always planned for the TV Licensing website to be temporarily offline on Saturday.
Service on the site resumed last night.
The corporation had planned to axe the free licences on June 1, but postponed it to yesterday due to the pandemic.
TV has become a lifeline for many during lockdown with nearly 2.5million over-75s living alone.
Campaigners warned thousands of pensioners faced being driven into food and fuel poverty after the free licences were axed.