TV licence for over 75’s

Save TV Licences

On 13th July 2020 the Gloucester, Avon & Somerset region of the National Pensioners’ Convention (NPC) issued the following press release

NPC blames Government over BBC’S decision to end free TV licence for over 75’s

The news that the free TV licence for over 75s is to end from 1st August is absolutely devastating for the millions of pensioners who rely on their television for information, entertainment and company.

The NPC lays the blame for this draconian measure squarely at the door of the government, who have handed responsibility for this universal entitlementto the BBC, knowing that many of our oldest and most vulnerable people will struggle to find the money to keep their TVs switched on.

It is a cruel decision for the government to force the BBC to take, particularly while a great many over 75s are still self-isolating and afraid to go out because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The majority of over 75s are not online – so forcing them to switch off unless they pay for a licence is depriving them of their only means of obtaining key messages and, for many, their only companionship. This may well have a profound impact on their health and well-being in general, particularly if, as predicted, the coronavirus spikes again this winter.

Over 75s will now have to choose between switching off permanently or finding the money for the licence to stay switched on – which could leave many having to decide between their TV or eating and heating. It is a choice that they should never have to make in the 21st century.

The Chancellor is busy handing out money to save businesses, but this government clearly has no concept of how most of our elderly live and how even those whose income goes just beyond the Pension Credit level, still struggle daily to make ends meet.

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Protest to Save the Over 75 TV Licence

Don't switch us off!
Friday 21st June 2019
12 Noon
Outside BBC STUDIOS
31-33 WHITELADIES ROAD
BRISTOL BS8 2LR
In 2015, the Government passed responsibility for the free TV licence for the over-75s to the BBC, and said they would cease to fund it from 2020. The BBC launched a consultation process, but making it very clear that they did not wish to continue the current arrangement. The consultation ended on 12th February 2019. Subsequently the BBC has decided to introduce a means-test whereby those who claim pensions’ credit will be exempt from the TV licence charges — but 3.7 million pensioners will have to pay the annual licence fee of £154.50 from next year.

The National Pensioners Convention are fighting this proposal to end the current arrangement, and are asking for responsibility for this vital welfare benefit for over-75s to be taken back under government control. The National Pensioners Convention is absolutely clear – if we fail to protect this concession, the government will begin looking at the winter fuel allowance and the bus pass.

The National Pensioners Convention is calling on local pensioner groups, trade unions, community groups, students, members of the public, MPs and councillors to make a stand on Friday 21 June against:

1. The BBC’s decision to means-test the TV licence for older people
2. The Government’s decision to make the BBC pay for the concession

Download the National Pensioners Convention poster for this protest from here DON’T SWITCH US OFF! Use this simple black and white A4 poster: print it at home and stick it on a piece of cardboard – and bring it along to the demo. Local banners and placards are of course welcome, along with whistles, drums and other instruments.

Read the National Pensioners Convention briefing on the campaign NPC Campaign

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Protest to Save the Over 75 TV Licence

Save the Over TV Licence
Tuesday 12th February 2019
12 Noon
Outside BBC STUDIOS
31-33 WHITELADIES ROAD
BRISTOL BS8 2LR
In 2015, the Government passed responsibility for the free TV licence for the over-75s to the BBC, and said they would cease to fund it from 2020. The BBC has launched a consultation process, which makes it clear that they do not wish to continue the current arrangement. The consultation ends on 12th February 2019.

We must fight this proposal to end the current arrangement, and ask for responsibility for this vital welfare benefit for over-75s to be taken back under government control.

We appeal to all ages: help us to make our voices heard!

Organised by Gloucestershire, Avon, Somerset Region

National Pensioners Convention

(NPC Standing up for  today’s and tomorrow’s pensioners)

Download the Gloucestershire, Avon, Somerset Region NPC flyer for this protest and tell friends and colleagues about this protest Flyer

Read the National Pensioners Convention briefing on the campaign NPC Campaign

Sign the Age UK petition here

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