I am deeply concerned that the BBC is considering asking over-75s to give up their free TV licence.
It has been revealed that the BBC may launch a campaign led by famous faces to persuade over-75s to pay for their licence or make a contribution.
The Government passed onto the BBC responsibility for free TV licences for over-75s. This will see the BBC taking control of a £650 million burden from the Government. This follows after the Government has already cut funding for the BBC.
Free TV licences for over-75s were introduced by a Labour government. This only occurred after years of campaigning by Labour to ensure that the elderly were given help they needed in covering the cost of the TV licence.
The BBC is struggling to cope with the Government’s changes and is now being forced to put at risk free licences for over-75s. The BBC don’t want to implement these changes. They are doing so because of this Government implementing changes through the backdoor.
This will affect thousands of residents in Flintshire. Pensioners will face enormous pressure to give up their free TV licence. Especially as the BBC are reportedly considering using well-known celebrities to encourage people to give up their free licence. Many older, vulnerable people might be taken in by this when they should be protected.
I believe we need to protect our BBC. It produces a wide range of high quality and independent TV and should be given the support it needs.