Switched Off: Save Free TV for Older People
Published on 25 June 2019 11:43 AM
Help us save free TV for older people
For over a million of the oldest people in our country, television is their main form of company. Now, that’s being taken away. Together, we must take a stand.
The BBC is removing the right to free TV licences for the over 75s. If this is allowed to happen, it’s the most vulnerable people in our society who’ll suffer.
How will older people be affected?
From June 2020 only those who are claiming Pension Credit will be able to claim the concession.
Removing older people’s access to TV would be a cruel blow when many are already facing huge challenges.
- Half of all over 75s are living with a disability, and many rely on their TV for companionship and entertainment.
- For those who don’t have the internet, TV lets them stay up to date with what’s happening in the world.
- Nearly a third of over 75s are living in poverty or just above the poverty line. Paying a hefty extra bill would simply be impossible when they’re barely scraping by as it is.
What can we do to stop this?
Together with Age UK and organisations across the country, we are demanding the Government takes back responsibility for keeping TV free for the oldest people in our society.
Sign the petition at ageuk.org.uk/tvpetition
Because it’s not just a licence. It’s a lifeline.