Free TV Licences cut; Austerity Continues

This is another ruthless welfare cut for the most vulnerable in our society.

It’s appalling that this Tory Government is trying to offload responsibility for funding free TV licences onto the BBC.

The Labour Party and I will fight to reverse these cuts. Older people in my constituency rely upon their TV’s to relay social and news information about the region that they would otherwise go without, it is an essential part of their lives and the BBC and the government must recognise this.

According to the Campaign to End Loneliness, 40% of older people say that the TV is their main source of company. Under the new system, 3,037,950 households will lose their free TV licence because of linking the concession to Pension Credit.

1.6 million pensioners living alone will lose their tv license under a means tested system. It is estimated that 1.3 million over-75s are eligible for Pension Credit but do not claim the benefit. This will result in most who are eligible paying the fee anyway.

Over 3,700 households in Oldham will be affected by these changes that will see many of these elderly people who are already struggling tipped over the edge.

The cost of these changes is rarely seen by those on the Tory front bench or at the top of the BBC, changes like these directly affect peoples lives and impact on their everyday freedoms.

Boris, Raab, Leadsom, Javid or McVey will not see the crippling impact this will have on elderly people’s finances.

Nor will they care, as they continue to admit to breaking the law, taking drugs and promising tax cuts for the richest 10% in society, leaving nothing for the rest of us.

The Tory party have proven themselves inept, in contempt and out of touch.

Their attacks on the most vulnerable in our society must not go on. A Labour government would commit to making TV a right for everyone over the age of 75.

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