East Renfrewshire MP, Paul Masterton has outlined his opposition to the BBC’s plans to scrap free TV licences for some pensioners. This came after news emerged earlier this week that the BBC was scrapping free licenses for those aged over 75 who were not in in receipt of pension credit.
East Renfrewshire MP, Paul Masterton commented:
“On a recent visit to BBC bosses at Pacific Quay, I made my opposition to any changes to the TV licence fee clear. Many of those who are likely to face a new charge may feel isolated or lonely, and television provides them with some comfort.
I don’t think it’s in any way fair and the move has been condemned by Age UK and others. Not only that, but it is something the BBC were aware that the Government did not want them to do. The last BBC settlement was very generous and made on the clear expectation the free licence regime would continue.
If the BBC is looking to save some costs, perhaps they should be looking instead at the bloated salaries of certain presenters and pundits, rather than hitting vulnerable pensioners in the pocket.
This decision should be reversed.”