UK Government Must Meet The Cost of BBC Licence Fee for The Over 75’s

SNP criticise move to scrap free TV licences.

Responding to the news that the BBC will end free TV licences for most over-75s, the SNP’s Shadow DCMS spokesperson John Nicolson MP, said:

“At a time when a significant number of older people will be relying on these services due to the coronavirus crisis and lockdown measures, the decision to scrap free BBC TV licences for most over-75s is disgraceful and will have a devastating impact.

“Many older people will depend heavily on TV licences as their only means of receiving crucial health updates on the coronavirus crisis and measures being brought forward.

“At this critical time – when we could potentially see further lockdown measures if there is a spike in coronavirus cases – it is grossly irresponsible for the UK government to simply sit on their hands.

“The move will affect around 260,000 people in Scotland and will increase living costs at a time when people are already being pushed into hardship and financial difficulties.

“The Tories have repeatedly pledged to stand by pensioners and older people – including previous election manifesto pledges to maintain free TV licences for older people – it is now time to come good on their word.

“The SNP will continue to press the UK government to take responsibility and meet the costs for TV licence fees for over 75s and ensure that free licences continue to be available.”