TV licence fee to INCREASE to £159 from April 1

The TV licence fee will increase from £157.50 to £159 from April 1, it has been announced.

The telly tax now costs £13.50 than it did five years and has increased in line with inflation each year.

The tax has increased despite millions of over-75s no longer being exempt from the charge and having to pay the licence fee since August 1 last year.

The campaign group TaxPayers’ Alliance said “another hike in the hated TV tax is the last thing struggling households need”.

It chief executive John O’Connell said: “Brits are fed up with seeing the Beeb splash their cash on loaded luvvies, politicised programming and generous expenses for BBC bosses.

“It’s time to scrap the licence fee and let the public decide what’s worth paying for.”

Other critics of the regressive tax include Baroness Hoey who said the licence fee represents “a bygone age” and “should be abolished” in the House of Lords last month.

Former Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe claimed the BBC is “completely unfit for purpose and there is a growing tide of opinion against being forced to pay the fee. Do they listen? Of course not. The answer is always more of our cash for the BBC.”

The BBC’s own research claimed the content covered by the fee is worth over £450 in subscription fees, more than twice the licence fee in a recent report.