This week I responded to news that plans are being considered to end universally available TV licences for the over 75s. This would go against a pledge made in the 2017 Conservative Party manifesto which guarantees them for the duration of this parliament.
Scrapping or means-testing free TV licences for the over 75s would be a real blow to the elderly people who already struggle to make ends meet - particularly those housebound or isolated who rely on their TV to stay in touch with the outside world.
A few weeks ago I spoke to a woman living alone in Manadon who said her free bus pass & TV licence were an absolute lifeline. If we are serious about preventing loneliness and supporting people in later life I’m not convinced this is the way to go about it.
We need answers from our MP and his Government on what they are going to do to ensure this benefit remains, as they promised in their Conservative manifesto less than 18 months ago. Let me know what you think.