Wednesday 8 May 2019 / 6:34 PM Media / Tom Watson

Tories must stand by manifesto pledge on free TV licences – Watson

Tom Watson MP, Labour’s Shadow Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, commenting after the opposition day debate on free TV licences for over-75s, said:

“Today the House of Commons expressed unopposed its belief that the government must stand by its manifesto pledge to protect free TV licences for over-75s. Members of Parliament and campaigners have made it clear that scrapping free TV licences is a betrayal of our older citizens, and this government must listen.

“For many, television is a lifeline to the outside world. Four hundred thousand people over 75 years old go a week without seeing or speaking to friends or family. Scrapping free TV licences will push more pensioners into poverty and leave many of our oldest citizens completely on their own.

“This Tory government should end the obfuscation and take responsibility; it’s time to put an end to this latest austerity measure and preserve the free TV licences promised to our pensioners.”