Campaigners are calling for measures to prevent seniors from going to prison as a result of the TV license.
Nadine Dorries, the Culture Secretary, has been under increasing pressure this week to prevent retirees who refuse to pay their TV licence from going to jail.
Dennis Reed, a campaigner and director of Silver Voices, has requested an immediate meeting with the minister to discuss the long-running free TV license dispute in order to prevent people in their 80s and 90s from going to prison.
Since August 2020, elderly have been requested to pay the £159 license fee, a controversial measure that has enraged not just pensioners, but also those campaigning on their behalf, because it has always been free in the past.
However, those above the age of 75 who also receive Pension Credit will be the only ones who will be allowed to obtain a TV license for no cost.
A total of 3.9 million people are expected to be affected by the revisions.
Dennis Reed, a campaigner for retirees’ rights, told the press last week that he has requested a meeting with the minister to “explore means of resolving this disagreement before it gets out of hand.”
“If she fails to intervene, people in their 80s and 90s will be fined and possibly imprisoned for protesting the loss of this welfare benefit on her watch,” he said.
Extend year, millions of over-75s were warned they would be worse off, despite the fact that the free license was intended to last until 2022.
“The Tories vowed to preserve the free license until 2022, and now is their last chance to honour that promise,” Mr Reed said.
The primary issue appears to be that neither the BBC nor the government are willing to accept blame.
“We know how essential free TV licenses are to individuals over 75, and we are profoundly disappointed with the BBC’s decision to limit the concession to only those receiving Pension Credit,” a Culture Department spokeswoman said.
“The BBC must guarantee that people who are harmed are supported, and that this is done with the highest sensitivity.”
The BBC, on the other hand, places the blame squarely on the shoulders of the government, which does nothing to alleviate the retirees’ condition.
Some retirees are so adamant about their right to a free television license that they have threatened to go to jail rather than pay the fee.
Katie from Blackpool recently told TalkRADIO that she is willing to go to jail. “Brinkwire News Summary.”