How could the BBC ever fund the over-75s?

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How could the BBC ever fund the over-75s?

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How could the BBC ever fund the over-75s?
­­­­In the BBC’s 2015 funding settlement commencing 2017, the Government assumed the BBC would fully fund the subsidy for over-75s to the tune of £750 million from 2020/21
Although the BBC’s settlement contained measures of “mitigation” worth c.£290 million, the BBC would still have faced a gap of c.£460 million to be funded by programme cuts and efficiencies (the BBC has pledged £250 million)
Including c.£300 million from the annual adjustment of the licence fee for inflation from 2017 would help. However, this was always required to offset normal salary and cost increases to prevent a real decline in the BBC’s resources

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Financial implications for the BBC

Background to the 2015 settlement

List of charts/tables

Figure 1. Difference in BBC licence fee revenue in 2020/21 (£m)

Figure 2. BBC licence fee funding* based on possible scenarios (£m)