Petition Challenges Plan That Could See Older Islanders Paying TV Licence Fee

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A local charity says it would be ‘unthinkably cruel’ to remove free TV licences from older Islanders.

Age UK Isle of Wight is supporting a campaign to save the concession for people aged over 75 years old.

The BBC is consulting on what it should do about the free licences after 2020. You can have a say HERE.

Age UK bosses say it is the most vulnerable and lonely who will suffer as a result. Jo Dare, Isle of Wight Chief Executive Officer said:

“Nearly a third of over 75s are living in poverty or just above the poverty line. Together, we must demand the Government takes back responsibility for this free concession and keep TV free for the oldest people in our society.”

While we have until 12 February to have a say in the consultation, Age UK is running  a petition calling for the idea to be scrapped.