It has been announced that the BBC is to go ahead with their plans to scrap the free TV license for over 75s.
This means that millions of extra households will be asked to pay the £157.50 fee each year, starting from August 1, 2020.
A move that charity AgeUK describes as “a kick in the teeth” for older people during a time of crisis and isolation with the COVID-19 pandemic.
We're bitterly disappointed by today's #TVLicence decision. This is a kick in the teeth for millions of over 75s who have had a torrid time during this crisis.
— Age UK (@age_uk) July 9, 2020
However, those receiving the Pension Credit benefit will continue to be exempt from paying the license fee.
AgeUK Salford is partnering with Citizens Advice Salford to encourage the uptake of a free pension credit check to ensure that no one eligible misses out.
According to the Independent Age charity, more than four million people are entitled to claim this benefit, yet a third of those don’t.
Elaine Kenny, Deputy Chief Officer, Citizens Advice Salford said: “We are able to do a benefit check over the phone and this may mean extra income each week and it can also open the door to other benefits such as free NHS dental treatment, free eyesight tests, travel costs to and from hospital and cold weather payments.”