Southport MP called on to help keep free TV for elderly

Councillor Sean Halsall has written to Southport’s Conservative MP Damien Moore, calling on him to oppose plans to scrap free licence fees for those 75 and over.

Cllr Halsall, who represents Kew ward, says many Southport constituents “will be worse off due to this callous policy.”

The free TV licences scheme for all 75 and over’s, which was introduced under Labour, will come to an end in August 2020.

Those receiving Pension Credit can continue to get a free licence.

Age UK said it was “bitterly disappointed with the BBC’s decision”, adding: “In reality, the principal responsibility lies with the government.”

Kew Cllr Sean Halsall

Cllr Halsall’s letter reads:

“I’m writing to you to ask that [you] reject and voice opposition to the plans to scrap the free TV license for over 75s.

“Many of the constituents in Southport will be worse off due to this callous policy

“For many access to the TV can be their only window to the outside world and offers a lifeline to lonely elderly people. This [is] highlighted more so with the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

“When we asked those most vulnerable and elderly to remain indoors and avoid contact with family. This will have left many with their television as a lifeline for them.

“These people should be looked after, they are our parents and grandparents, and one day we will all be in that position, some of us relying on small mercies such as access to entertainment and information to keep loneliness at bay.”