We’ve previously blogged about the benefits of television for the elderly as, if watched in moderation, it can bring comfort to them and help combat loneliness, which is why we’re supporting the petition by Age UK to save free TV for older people.
In 2015, the Government gave the job of providing free TV licences for the over 75s to the BBC and now the BBC is considering removing this right, which means some of the most vulnerable in our society will suffer.
Many older people live on a significantly low income and if they did not receive a free TV licence, it would give them an additional bill of £150.50, which is the current cost of an annual colour licence, to pay.
Research shows that more than 50,000 UK pensioners could be pushed below the poverty line if the proposal to scrap the licence goes ahead.
Age UK’s research shows that more than two million people over the age of 75 will have to go without TV or cut back on essentials, such as heating and food in order to remain informed, entertained and connected with the world.
The charity has launched a national petition to save the free TV licence scheme and demands that the Government takes back responsibility for funding any free licences. The petition currently has more than 79,000 signatures and can be signed here.
Age UK is also offering any older people who are worried about money or losing their free TV licence complimentary advice by calling 0800 169 6565.