Free TV licences for pensioners axed by the Government

Posted on September 20th, 2019 in Local News
Leicester East TV Licence Figures
Source: House of Commons Library

 

The Government is scrapping free TV licences for pensioners over 75 despite promising in their last manifesto to keep all pensioner benefits.

This latest cruel austerity measure is a scandal and will affect almost 3,000 households in Leicester East – half of all households where somebody is over 75.

Keith Vaz MP said:

“It is a national disgrace that our oldest pensioners will lose their free TV licences because of the Government’s shameful refusal to keep their promise.

“It is an extra cost that many pensioners in Leicester cannot afford and will leave many people in our community more isolated than before. Television can be a lifeline for those who are housebound or live on their own.

“Every pensioner in Britain will know that a Tory Party promise cannot be trusted.”