MPs position on the Free TV licence

The decision to scrap the free TV licences to 3.7 million people over 75, after the BBC profited from the increased the TV licence fee for two years (which was supposed to be used to offset this new burden) was not a popular decision, to say the least. Everyone had something to say about it, including a large number of MPs.

Jeremy Corby, Labour MP, said “Pensioners are being failed by the Conservatives. Their 2017 manifesto promised to keep TV licences free for the over-75s – they must not go back on their word now. ” He added “Pensioners have spent their lives contributing to our society. Providing over-75s with free TV licences is not too much to ask. ”

Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, said ” In February this year, I wrote to the BBC stating “I would remind you that dozens of people, many of whom are women are going to prison for non-payment. As if this is not bad enough, to potentially add people in their 80s and 90s being prosecuted and going to prison for not being able to afford a TV licence is to my mind, unacceptable.” The BBC are making a mistake by choosing to punish pensioners in this way.” He added ” When people say don’t blame the BBC for punishing over 75’s, remember they secured several concessions when the charter was renewed in 2015, such as linking the annual licence fee to inflation and ending the BBC’s commitment to fund superfast broadband around the country by 2020.”

Esther McVey, Conservative MP for Tatton said “The BBC was told that it could increase the licence fee if it covered free TV licences for over 75s. It now seems to have broken that deal The BBC shouldn’t benefit financially from breaking that promise. I would ensure that all over 75s get the free TV licences they deserve. ” She added “As someone who used to work for the BBC I am ashamed of them for this decision. Our “public service broadcaster” who has forgotten the public they are supposed to serve.”

Kate Hoey, MP for Vauxhall, said ” All this will do is make the campaign to abolish the licence fee even stronger.”

Louise Haigh, MP for Sheffield, said “Not only are they [the Tories] treating our national broadcaster to aggressive, bully-boy tactics – forcing them to take on the cost of free TV licences when they know full well they will be unable to maintain the entitlement – but they are trying to get the BBC to take the backlash from disgruntled pensioners too”

Neil Hamilton, UKIP AM for Mid & West Wales, said ” Gary Lineker £1.8 million, Graham Norton £850 k, But sorry, over-75s, the BBC has no room in the budget for you! You now have to pay £154.50 to receive your daily leftist indoctrination. What an absolute racket.”

Maria Caulfield, Conservative MP for Lewes said ” Absolutely disgraceful decision by the BBC to scrap free TV licenses for the over 75s. We should be scrapping the fee for everyone.”

Yvette Cooper, MP for Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford & Knottingley, said “Tories are supporting cutting £150 TV licence from pensioners on £10k a year at same time as Tory PM candidates promise £3,000 tax cuts for people on ten times that much. On what planet is that fair?”

David Davis, MP for Haltemprice and Howden said “Very poor practice by the @BBC to withdraw free TV licences for over-75s. In 2015 they agreed to take responsibility for this from 2020. They should now honour that commitment.” He added “I suspect the BBC’s decision will face a legal challenge in due course. They will likely lose this, thereby wasting more taxpayers’ money.”

Stephen Morgan, Labour MP for Portsmouth said “The BBC is not the DWP” He added that he was Grateful to Pompey Pensioners for joining him to call on the PM to show leadership, and in one of her final acts in charge, to commit her Government to take back responsibility for the free TV licence for the over-75s.

Tracy Bradin, Labour MP for or Batley & Spen, said “I’m concerned that scrapping millions of TV licenses for older people will impact loneliness. I’ve just asked if the Minister for Loneliness will be undertaking an audit into this.”

Eddie Hughes, conservative MP for Walsall North said he asked in Parliament this week if it was fair that vulnerable, elderly people in Walslall North contribute to the high salaries of BBC stars instead of getting a free TV licence.

Ian Paisley, DUP MP, said “I think it’s wrong […] The BBC is going for the easy option, putting their hand in the pocket of pensioners.”

Andrea Leadsom, MP for South Northamptonshire, said “We owe a debt of gratitude to those generations who came before us, and it is right that we do all we can to support them. I am committed to the triple lock on pensions, restoring the free TV license for all over-75s, and protecting pensioner benefits.”

David Drew, labour MP for Stroud said “We must continue to fight to have the free TV licence for over 75s reinstated.”

Emma Little-Pengelly, MP for Belfast South, said “Back in January I warned that the BBC were planning this – despite opposition, they have went ahead. A bad decision that needs to be reversed!”

Justin Madders, Labour MP for Ellesmere Port & Neston said “I would rather my licence fee not be spent on the BBC giving a prime time TV slot for an internal Tory party election.”

Chris Stephens, SNP MP for Glasgow South West, said “I am calling on the UK Government to U-turn on its broken manifesto promise and debate who should be responsible for the TV licence and who should be eligible for free licences”

Judith Cummins, Labour MP for for Bradford South, said “I have wrote an urgent letter to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, calling on the Government to apologise and reverse the decision to scrap free TV licences for the over 75s”

Ronnie Cowan, SNP MP said “TV licence will adversely affect thousands of Inverclyde pensioners”

Conor McGinn, Labour MP for St Helens North said “4,720 pensioners [in my constituency] will now have to pay the TV Licence fee. The Tories should take responsibility – rather than outsource both welfare policy & blame to the BBC – & save free TV Licences for over-75s.”

Emma Lewell-Buck, Labour MP for South Shields, said “It’s disgusting’ – South Tyneside communities and MPs have their say on BBC’s TV licence changes”

Margaret Greenwood, Labour MP for Wirral West, said “Tories break their election promise over free TV licences for over-75s – and over 5,000 households in Wirral West may lose out as a result. This will push some people even further into poverty”

Nigel Farage said “I am sick to death of overpaid, left wing, so-called comedians on the BBC who think their view is morally superior.”

 

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8 thoughts on “MPs position on the Free TV licence

  1. I hear they are going to allow free licences to continue for those pensioners on pension credit.

    How will the BBC get hold of the DWP data to ‘enforce’ that? To release that information would be a breach of the data protection act.

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  2. THEY the bbc WERE TOLD ABOUT THIS TWO YEARS AGO NOW TGEY TRY TO BURY THIS IN THE BREXIT MESS THEY SAY THEY WILL CLOSE CERTAIN CHANELS CLOSE THE WORLD SERVICE IN TIMES OF A COUNTRIES FINANCIAL CRISIS

    ALL OUTWARD GOING POLICY AND SERVICES SHOULD BE CUT NOT THE BRITISH ONES. THIS IS A TACTIC UNSPEAKABLE IN OUR PRESENT CRISIS

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    1. One more example of fat cat uk l am fed up with over payed sport’s presenters news readers all payed eyewatering sums that we over75s have now got to keep them in there wealthy life styles

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  3. THEY bbc STATE THEY WOULD “NEED “ TO CUT SEVERAL PROGS
    I HAVE BEEN ABROAD RECENTLY
    AND WATCHED (i know sacrilege) bbc World

    Hope mucjph is that costing and WHO BENEFITS IN UK
    ITS PRODUCED FOR OVERSEAS WHY SHOULD SENIORS FUND THAT
    Privatise channel and we can pay for what we watch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Just had great idea CUT THE WORLD SERVICES HOW MANY SENIORS WATCH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THEY the bbc WERE TOLD ABOUT THIS TWO YEARS AGO NOW TGEY TRY TO BURY THIS IN THE BREXIT MESS THEY SAY THEY WILL CLOSE CERTAIN CHANELS CLOSE THE WORLD SERVICE IN TIMES OF A COUNTRIES FINANCIAL CRISIS

    ALL OUTWARD GOING POLICY AND SERVICES SHOULD BE CUT NOT THE BRITISH ONES. THIS IS A TACTIC UNSPEAKABLE IN OUR PRESENT CRISIS

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