TV licence fees and coronavirus
Published on 06 March 2020 12:00 AM
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said: "We would be pleased and relieved if the BBC delayed implementation of their plans to scrap free TV Licences for most over-75s, and we are certain that older people would be too. Even now there are suggestions that we are moving towards a situation in which older people may be advised to reduce their social contact and though we all hope for the best, if the virus continues to spread then this could well happen.
"Many older people tell us that they rely heavily on their TV for company, particularly the lonely, chronically sick and disabled. We know that some would have to start rationing heating or food if they have to pay for a licence. If they are confined to home and visitors hold back for fear of spreading the virus then the TV would be their main – in some cases only - access to the outside world and so it's essential this precious benefit isn't taken away at this crucial time.
"With Coronavirus on the rise, we urge the Government and the BBC to come together and come to a sensible agreement that preserves free TV licences for our over-75s and to do so quickly."