Monday 26 August 2019 / 12:10 PM Tom Watson

Boris Johnson must stop passing the buck and fund free TV licences today – Tom Watson

Tom Watson MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, responding to Boris Johnson’s comments on free TV licences for the over 75s, said:

“This Prime Minister’s disregard for older people is appalling. He is trying to blame the BBC for his own Government’s policy, but this obfuscation will not work.

“The blame for scrapping free TV licences lies firmly with the Government. Keeping the free licences was a Tory manifesto promise, but because of this Government’s refusal to fund the concession, millions of older people will have their free TV licences scrapped next year.

“This is a cruel policy that will leave many of our oldest citizens either worse off or cut off from the wider world. This Government must stop passing the buck and step in to fund the free TV licences today.”