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3.7 million UK pensioners over 75 will have to pay for their TV licence from 1st August as the BBC’s decision to means-test this benefit is enacted, meaning that only over 75s who are on Pension Credit will get the free TV licence.

This decision will push more than 50,000 people into direct poverty and mean that hundreds of thousands more will have to choose between their only source of information and contact with the outside world or food, heating and other essentials.

The NPC would encourage you to write to your MP encouraging them to support the Early Day Motion #747.

You can find your local MP’s details on the below link.
https://members.parliament.uk/constituencies/

EDM #747 in full

That this House supports the urgent reversal of the decision to make over-75s pay for TV licences during the covid-19 outbreak; notes with concern that licenses will have to be paid for from August 2020; believes that responsibility for funding free TV licences should not have been handed over by the Government to the BBC; highlights that loneliness amongst the over 75s has worsened as a result of the covid-19 outbreak; further highlights that stripping the over-75s of their free TV licenses will exacerbate loneliness; and calls on the Government to reconsider the issue as a matter of urgency.

The Early Day Motion can be found on the link below

https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/57269/bbc-tv-licenses

Further details on the culmination of our campaign will be forthcoming soon. When we do hold any events or demostrations, please ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to. Further information can be found on
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing-after-4-july

The NPC has produced a ‘Dont Switch Us Off’ poster placard here and a ‘JOHNSON SAYS THIS IS WRONG!’ flyer available here

Dont forget to tweet Boris with a message of what your TV Licence means to you or copy the below tweet

@BorisJohnson promised no one over75 would pay for a #TVlicence and you would sort it. Stop blaming the #BBC. 3.7 million over 75s will now have to choose to pay to watch TV or cut down on essentials like food & fuel or lose a source of info & company #BorisPromised #SwitchedOff

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