Pensioners to Pay for TV Licences!

Let me say that I am saddened that the BBC are to charge Pensioners over 75,  for their TV Licence. It is a shabby decision.

Gordon Brown gave the concession to OAP’s when he was Prime Minister.

The Conservatives George Osborn the then Chancellor and David Cameron the Conservative Prime Minister at the time, ordered the BBC to take this issue on board. The current Governor General Tony Hall of the BBC agreed to the decision.

There is a real issue now as those Pensioners over 75, many of them whom are  War veterans, some who are amongst the most vulnerable. All will have a major part of their entertainment taxed by this rotten decision, taken by a rotten Government, and a BBC management that gifts its own stars –  huge public money backed salaries.

I want to say that I want this lame duck  Government to say ” We have made a mistake, and we will reverse the decision”

The ten Tory hopeful’s who want to be Prime Minister, should all be asked what they would do to reverse this awful decision. After all many of them are still offering tax cuts for the rich, as a bonus for the Conservative Party to pick them!

I hope that Wednesfield North residents raise their voices of protest against this awful decision.

David Cameron started this off, and just like the Referendum. Isn’t about for the aftermath. Remember as you get older , become infirm, cannot get out of the house. The TV becomes a crucial part of your life. This Government want’s to mean test those senior citizens for their benefits, creating even more decisions. Means testing for goodness sake!

That’s what this Government wants for our senior citizens, who by their toil, their bravery, and their life, have turned Britain into the fifth richest Country in the World. Reverse this awful decision!

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more