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Chesterfield MP Disappointment over TV Licence

Free licences for over 75s are set to be scrapped.

Millions could lose out as the Government axes free TV licence for pensioners over 75 despite promising in their 2017 manifesto to keep all pensioner benefits.

In Chesterfield 5,030 households could lose their free TV licenses. That is a total household cost of £757,015.

Free TV licenses were introduced by a Labour Government in 2000 however, Government funding for this scheme was ended by the Conservatives in 2015.

Maintaining free TV licenses for over 75’s was in the Tory Party manifesto in 2017 but the Government have admitted that it had no way of delivering on that promise as it had given responsibility for the policy to the BBC.

MP for Chesterfield, Toby Perkins said “I am disappointed that free TV licenses for people over 75 will be ending. This could cost local people over £3/4 million per year. You can’t means test for isolation or loneliness. Thousands of elderly and isolated people in Chesterfield will lose out because of this announcement.”

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