As part of the last BBC Charter, the Government devolved responsibility for the free TV licence policy, and the cost, to the BBC.
By outsourcing responsibility for paying for free TV licences, the Government will be saving £745 million across the UK in 2021/22. This money, nearly a billion pounds, is coming directly out of the pockets of pensioners.
In Tynemouth constituency 7450 older households could face having to pay a licence fee, costing a collective £1,121,225.00 annually.
That is why I have started a petition to call on the government to urgently reconsider and fund free TV licences for over-75s. The Government should take responsibility and save TV licences for the elderly.