Pensioners have staged protests outside BBC headquarters over the “scandalous” decision to axe the universal free TV licence for over-75s.
Age UK has urged the next prime minister to end the “madness” over the withdrawal of the universal free TV licence for over-75s.
There was more than a smidgeon of irony last week when the BBC confirmed its decision to axe free TV licences for the over 75s – just a matter of days after its programming lauded the older generation for their efforts during the Second World War.
Leaders from four of Scotland’s main political parties have signed a joint letter urging Theresa May to step in to stop free TV licences for over-75s being scrapped.
Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson marched with pensioners on the BBC’s northern headquarters to protest against plans to axe free TV licences for the over-75s.
TV star Len Goodman has criticised the “rotten” withdrawal of free TV licences for all over-75s, saying it will “impact on the most vulnerable”.
Ben Fogle has said the Government should be held accountable for its “poor decision” over revoking free TV licences for all over-75s, and that it should be made to reverse it.
More than 43,000 previously-exempt pensioners in Tayside and Fife will have to pay for a TV licence next year, according to new figures.
Ben Fogle has said he will donate his entire salary from a BBC series to subsidise TV licences for over-75s, following plans to strip the concession from millions of pensioners.
More than three million people aged over 75 will have to pay for their TV licence when a new scheme comes into effect next year.