Lib Dems demand Govt step in as over 30,000 pensioners in Wiltshire lose free TV licence.
The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to reinstate free TV licenses for over 75s during the COVID-19 crisis, amid concerns that the decision to cut this benefit will leave millions of elderly people without television at a critical time.
As of 1 August 2020, TV licences are now only free for people over the age of 75 if they are receiving pension credit.
The Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to step in and cover the cost of providing the licence for over 75s, and ultimately to set up an independent body to review the licence fee.
Ian Stotesbury, Watford parliamentary spokesperson said; "This change affects over 5,000 households across the Watford constituency - over 80% of households with residents over 75 - at a time when TV has been a real lifeline of entertainment throughout lockdown, especially for vulnerable people. The Liberal Democrats want to see the Government step in and provide funding to reinstate free licenses given the crisis we are facing. We are also calling for an independent body to review the license fee going forward."
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