Wednesday 17 July 2019 / 8:08 AM Tom Watson

11,000 centenarians to lose free TV licences

New research finds that 11,688 people over 100 years old may have their free TV licences scrapped next year.

This is despite the 2017 Tory Manifesto promise that the Government would maintain free TV licences for over-75s.

It is also estimated that 469,622 people aged over 90 and 109,083 people aged over 95 may lose their free licences when the concession is linked to pension credit.

The Government is refusing to fund the free TV licences concession and has offloaded the responsibility onto the BBC. As a result, 3.7 million over-75s will have their free licences cut.

Labour is calling on the Government to urgently step in and save the free TV licences by funding the concession from Government coffers;.

Tom Watson MP, Shadow Culture Secretary, says:

“It’s an outrage that over 11,000 people over 100 years old are set to lose their free TV licences next year because of this Government’s cruel austerity policies.

3.7 million older people face having their free TV licences scrapped next year, including the some of the most elderly and socially isolated people in our society.

When you turn 100 years old you get a letter of congratulations from the Queen, but from next year centenarians could also get letters demanding payment for a TV licence. It’s a scandal.”