Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has today slammed the government as ‘uncaring’ over plans to remove free TV licences for people aged over 75.
According to Age UK, 29 per cent of over 75-year-olds are living in poverty or just above the poverty line, while around four in ten pensioners claim that TV is their main or only form of company.
Speaking in the Commons, the Liberal Democrat MP said that retaining free TV licenses would be an opportunity for the government to prove to pensioners that the difficulties they face are being taken into account.
Ms. Jardine said:
“A constituent once said to me that he felt like he was being punished by the government for growing old.
“Removing free TV licenses for pensioners does just that, especially as so many older people rely on television as one of their only sources of mental stimulation and company.
“This uncaring Tory government had the opportunity to do something to prove to pensioners that they do actually take into account the loneliness that not having television can provoke.
“Instead they have chosen to simply reinforce that feeling of being punished, and this is disgraceful.”