Over 3,000 island pensioners could face an additional household bill as the BBC confirms plans to scrap free TV licences for over 75's.

The Government announced in 2015 that they would cease funding the free TV Licences for over 75's.

Following a public consultation, the BBC Board has decided that from 1 June 2020, anyone aged 75 or over who receives Pension Credit will still be eligible for a free TV Licence.

Households where there is no one aged 75 or over that receives Pension Credit will need to buy a licence if one is needed.

The broadcasting company say that over 1.5 million households could get free TV licences if someone is over 75 and receives Pension Credit.

Anyone who already has a free over 75 Licence will be covered until 31 May 2020.  The BBC will write to all free over 75 Licence holders before 31 May 2020 to let them know how they will be affected and what they will need to do.  

Through an Act of Parliament, the Government gave the BBC the power to decide on the future of the free TV Licences.  The new scheme will cost the BBC up to £250 million by 2021/22, depending on implementation.

Isles MP Angus MacNeil said: "There are around 3,000 island residents who are over the age of 75 – just over 10 per cent of our islands population.

"They should continue to be exempt from paying for a TV licence and any effort to remove that and impose an additional household bill on older people is shameful.

"For many people TV is just welcome entertainment, but for others it is day to day company which helps combat loneliness and isolation.

"Together with my SNP colleagues at Westminster, I will raise this issue in the House of Commons at the earliest opportunity."

The BBC plans to scrap blanket free licences for over-75s, only households with one person who receives pension credit will still be eligible.

Sir David Clementi, BBC Chairman, and Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, stated: "We want to make claiming the free licence simple and straightforward.

"Individuals will simply need to demonstrate their receipt of Pension Credit in order to qualify. If you're over 75 and currently get a free licence, you don't need to do anything yet. You will carry on being able to get a free licence until June 2020.

"TV Licensing will be in touch before then to tell you what you need to do. If you want to find out about our decision in more detail you can read all our documents here."