The Commissioner has commented on the decision to increase the TV license fee.

The Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland, Eddie Lynch said:

“While the increase in the BBC TV Licence Fee announced today of £10.50 is less than what was anticipated, it will still cost £169.50 next year and this is a significant amount for older people who are struggling to pay the current fee.

“Tens of thousands of older people in Northern Ireland were impacted when the TV licence concession was removed in 2020 and today’s increase will be another blow to them during this cost-of-living crisis.

“However, I welcome the decision by the Culture Secretary who described the licence fee as ‘increasingly anachronistic’ to hold a government review into the BBC’s future funding model. I intend to put forward representations on behalf of older people in Northern Ireland as part of this review.”