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Make students exempt from paying for a TV licence to watch BBC iPlayer on-demand

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Individuals in the UK will soon be forced to pay for a TV licence in order to watch on-demand programmes on BBC iPlayer. This petition asks John Whittingdale to exempt students from this change and achieve the continuation of free on-demand TV on BBC iPlayer for students living away from home.

I'm 19 and a student at Loughborough University. Having been at University for almost a year now I'm acutely aware of the huge sums of money required for a student to live and study away from home. This is very difficult for many students who are stretching their loans across accommodation, food and course materials let alone tuition fees. Today’s students will leave University with an average debt of about £45,000. A TV licence would add £436.50 during a 3 year course, adding yet more debt to an already unaffordable education.

BBC iPlayer provides not only a range of hugely popular programmes for entertainment but is also a valuable educational resource, essential for many students.

In the past few years the government has not been kind to students financially; they increased our tuition fees in 2012 and have now scrapped maintenance grants for poorer students starting in September 2016, replacing them instead with larger maintenance loans (i.e. more debt!). I believe it’s about time the government did something positive for students in the UK.

Please support students by signing this petition calling on Secretary of State John Whittingdale to exempt students living away from home from having to pay for a TV licence to watch on-demand programmes on BBC iPlayer.



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