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DUNDEE EAST MSP CALLS FOR LICENSE FEE DECISION RETHINK
11 Jun 2019
FOUR AND A HALF THOUSAND PENSIONERS WILL BE FORCED TO PAY LICENCE FEE IN DUNDEE EAST ALONE
Shona Robison MSP for Dundee East has obtained figures which show that over four and a half thousand pensioners who are currently exempt from paying the BBC’s license fee will lose their exemption if the BBC presses ahead with the decision to scrap it.
Despite the Tories’ promising to maintain the exemption in their 2017 manifesto the BBC’s budget was effectively cut by £750 million when former chancellor George Osborne left the broadcasting corporation with the responsibility for funding the programme and it now appears that the BBC will take the decision to scrap the exemption for everyone except those on pension credit by June 2020.
In Dundee East this means that over 75% of those currently in receipt of the exemption will no longer receive it when the changes come into effect.
Commenting Ms Robison said:
‘Many older people rely on the TV to keep in touch with what’s going on and these proposed changes raise serious fears that many will feel more socially isolated as a result’
‘In my constituency alone over three quarters of those receiving the benefit, over four and a half thousand, are set to lose it, it’s hugely worrying as many will not be able to afford the new charges.’
‘In the week we heard Boris Johnson promise huge tax cuts for the rich it seems the Tories are happy to preside over more damaging cuts to some of the most vulnerable people in our society’
‘This Tory government needs to honour its manifesto commitment and deliver on its promise to maintain the exemption’