Hundreds of thousands sign petition opposing changes to over-75s TV licences

12 Juin, 2019, 15:24 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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Despite the understandable uproar, the BBC's decision to means-test TV licences makes sense.

It said in its online petition: "For over a million of our oldest citizens the TV is their constant companion and window on the world".

"Together, we must demand the Government takes back responsibility for funding free TV licences".

A number of petitions have been launched to try and keep the TV Licence free for over-75s, with one by charity Age UK attracting more than 142,000 signatures.

Ex-Commons leader Mrs Leadsom told the Press Association: "It's a commitment in the Conservatives' manifesto and we need to find a way to reverse that".

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Sajid Javid and Matt Hancock, who are also running for the leadership, also criticised the move.

The BBC Board said yesterday it was the "fairest option to help the poorest pensioners", while BBC chairman David Clementi said it had been a "very hard decision".

"Pensioner benefits should never have been outsourced to the BBC. Politicians introduced these perks and they should decide whether to maintain or abolish them", the peer said in a letter to The Times.

"Any reductions in benefits for the elderly should be decided by ministers in the context of overall pensioner provision, rather than by the BBC, which has no welfare benefit role".

The BBC posted a tweet which explained: "From June 2020 any household with someone aged over 75 who receives Pension Credit will be eligible for a free TV licence funded by the BBC".

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