It has been announced by the BBC that free TV licences for the over 75s are to be scrapped.
It is believed that this new rule will mean up to 3.7 million pensioners will now have to pay the annual cost of a TV licence. Only low-income households where one person receives the pension credit benefit will be eligible for a free licence.
The unexpected change has come after the announcement by the government in 2015, that the BBC would take over the cost of providing free licences for over-75s by 2020. This additional cost to the BBC may unfortunately result in 'unprecedented closures' and risk to several free channels and radio stations.
For many older people, television is a way to stay connected. Many fear that this decision will result in some who can't leave their home, being left without a television for company.
In response to this announcement, Jane Ashcroft CBE, Chief Executive of Anchor Hanover said:
It is deeply disheartening that free TV licences for millions of older people are set to be scrapped.
“We know that countless older people rely on the TV to stay connected to the outside world and it can be vitally important for helping stimulate memories and conversations.
“Coming at a time when a great number of older people are feeling lonely and isolated, hitting them with a charge is a disappointing outcome and one that will be an extra burden on those most vulnerable in society.”
Further information on this story can be found on the BBC website.