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Liz challenges decision to scrap free TV licences for over 75s

I am appalled to learn that the free TV licences will be scrapped for over 75s from 2020. Many of my elderly constituents rely on their TV to overcome loneliness and isolation and over 2,300 over 75s in Leicester West will be affected and will be forced to pay over £150 for their TV licences from next year.

This will hit many vulnerable people in my constituency who might not be aware they are entitled to Pension Credits. I am extremely angry that after giving responsibility for the TV licences to the BBC, the Government have now broken their 2017 manifesto pledge to protect the free TV licences for over 75s.