Pat McFadden Labour MP for Wolverhampton South East Pat McFadden MP for Wolverhampton South East
Recently, I took my campaign against the decision to withdraw free TV licences from most pensioners over the age of 75 to Coseley where I was joined by many locals and the Labour Councillors from Coseley.
This is the second campaign in two weeks, the previous one was in Bilston. Both campaigns have seen 100s of local people sign up to campaign against the decision from the Government to withdraw the TV licence.
Free TV licences for all over-75s were brought in by the Labour Government as a welfare benefit. The Tories’ shunting responsibility for this to the BBC has spelt its death as a universal benefit.
The announcement that it will be restricted to those on pension credit is expected to hit 3,400 households in Wolverhampton South East.
Collectively that means local pensioners will be paying over £500,000 more a year just to watch TV.
The Tories are breaking a manifesto promise to maintain free TV licences for the over-75s.
We’ve had a huge amount of support on our street stalls with people queuing up to express their opposition to these plans.
You can sign up to my campaign if you believe it’s wrong for the Tories to allow the Free TV licence to be abolished for many pensioners: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Y63DQ9P