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Up to 3.7 million pensioners who previously received a free TV licence will now have to pay for it. The BBC will scrap blanket free licences for over-75s, but households with one person who receives Pension Credit will still be eligible. The BBC said "fairness" was at the heart of the ruling, which comes into force in June 2020. It follows a consultation with 190,000 people, of which 52% were in favour of reforming or abolishing free licences. According to the BBC, around 900,000 households are claiming Pension Credit, which is is a non-taxable weekly top up for pensioners based on a person's income. The number of households which could be eligible to apply for Pension Credit could number 1.5 million by 2020. Full story

10 June