Minister for Older people slams ‘unacceptable’ licence fee decision

Stripping pensioners of free TV licences is “unacceptable” and will create “difficult choices” about what they can afford, Scotland’s Minister for Older People has warned.

In a letter to the Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright, Christina McKelvie argued many vulnerable pensioners will be forced to chose whether or not to heat their home.

Free licences will be restricted to over-75s who claim pension credit from June 1 2020.

Expressing her “deep concern” about the plans, Ms McKelvie wrote: “Introducing a means-tested waiver based on pension credit will fail to help many vulnerable…
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