So the government has found a quick way to cut the pensions of the over 75's by £150. No more free TV licences. True the BBC get the money, But it is not even a question of fairness as present licencees payers will not pay any less. It just puts more money into the BBC coffers and saves the Government having to give any support. Previously a free license for the over 75's was a condition for the BBC to be able to charge for their licence. It did not actually cost them anything as it was not money they ever had. But it is a net new loss to us oldies. it has exactly the same effect as cutting our pensions by £150.