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Read this: Chris Bryant says passing cost of free licences to BBC is 'spiteful' attack

Summary: Labour's Chris Bryant has challenged the culture secretary's claim that passing the cost of TV licences for over-75s to the BBC was purely driven by the need to reduce the national deficit, arguing that the government has pledged to clear it before the corporation even takes on the full 750m burden. Osborne said Whittingdale's letter stating the terms of the deal shows the government will support the BBC with 468m toward the 750m cost in 2018/19, then 247m in 2019/2020, before the corporation takes on the full burden in 2020/2021. - link

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