Lib Dems in St Albans and Harpenden are campaigning to keep free TV licences for many over 75s.
The Conservative Government has scrapped free TV licences from 1st August, which will impact on 8,040 older residents in St Albans and Harpenden.
During the pandemic, the TV has been a lifeline for many elderly residents who’ve taken the government’s advice and stayed at home.
We call on the Government to reinstate the free TV licences for the over 75s.
We are clear: Government must continue to provide the funds so these pensioner families don’t have their TV licence taken away.
In 2015, Tory ministers decided to stop the practice of central government paying for the TV licenses of over-75s. They instead made the BBC responsible for the costs, which put even more pressure on the BBC's already overstretched budget. As a result, the BBC has been forced to scrap free TV licences for nearly all over-75s.
Tory ministers must stop TV licences being taken away from 9,000 pensioner families across St Albans and Harpenden.