FREE TV LICENSES FOR THE OVER-75s - UK GOVERNMENT ABANDONS PENSIONERS
June 12, 2019
This week the BBC announced that it would be withdrawing TV licenses for over-75s and only those in receipt of Pension Credit at this age would be eligible for a free TV licence. This was a predictable announcement after the UK Government passed on responsibility for this benefit to the broadcaster, breaking a manifesto promise to protect all pensioner benefits.
5100 of my constituents in North Ayrshire and Arran now face having to pay for their TV licenses, 72% of those who currently qualify for a free one, and this move will see many of them face further financial hardship and budgeting stress. It is estimated that 3 million over 75s will lose their free TV license under means testing.
I asked the Secretary of State responsible if he was comfortable that many people in the 80s and 90s could potentially be prosecuted for not being able to afford to pay to watch television, whilst Tory leadership candidates line up to compete over who can deliver the biggest tax cut.