Boris Johnson says BBC should ‘cough up’ for TV licences of over-75s

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PM signals his government will not step in to subsidise benefit despite 2017 manifesto pledge

Boris Johnson has reignited the row over who should fund free TV licences for the over-75s, urging the BBC to “cough up”.

The prime minister has signalled that his government will not reverse policy by stepping in to subsidise the benefit, despite the Conservatives’ promise in the 2017 manifesto that it would be protected.

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