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Ministers reject plea for cost of licence fee to keep up with inflation

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Ministers have rejected a plea by the BBC for the cost of its licence fee to keep up with inflation as it has done in the past.

Instead the licence fee, which currently stands at £159, will go up by less than the rate of inflation over the next five years resulting in a real-terms reduction in funding for the national broadcaster.

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