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BBC FROZEN license fee for two years

THE BBC’s license fees will be frozen for two years as the government works to support families affected by the rising cost of living.

That means households won’t have to pay more than £159 a year (the current rate of licensing fees) until 2024.

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After that, however, the next four years will see prices rise along with inflationary.

Culture Minister Nadine Dorries announced the decision in parliament today as she revealed that the government just “cannot justify putting more pressure on the wallets of hard-working households.”

It comes after months of talks between ministers and Beeb.

The organization argued for a sufficient increase to be at least sufficient to cover inflation, which is already at 5.1%.

But struggling households face rising costs of living, with soaring energy bills and other household bills like food cost also has a steep hit.

TV fees, worth £3.2 billion annually to the BBC, went from £157.50 to £159 last year.

But speaking this afternoon, Nadine Dorries insisted no increase would currently be considered before 2024.

It is thought that households could benefit from a halt to price increases as they already face many other high fees.

Fees are regulated by the government and have increased with inflation every year since 2017.

Tory MPs argue it should be reduced due to the success of paid streaming services like Netflix.

But Beeb has warned that it will struggle to cope with the growing costs of programming if fees do not rise at the same rate.

You don’t need a TV license to own or have a TV.

However, watch live TV or updates through BBC iPlayer on any device without a TV license is a criminal offense and if you are caught you can be fined up to £1,000.

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JACLYN DIAZ

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