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'Tories should take responsibility for stopping free TV licences, not blame BBC'


An estimated 3.7million older folk were cheated when free licences were limited to only the poorest and because of this, families of the short-changed are not forgiving the Tories

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons,

Broken promises by governing political parties are outrageous breaches of trust and the Conservatives pulling the plug on universal TV licences for all over-75 is a cruel £159 blow for many of our elderly.

The 84-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer who was threatened with a £1,000 fine unless he pays for what he was assured would be free is proof even Tory voters feel betrayed by the dumping of what was a manifesto pledge.

An estimated 3.7million older folk were cheated when free licences were limited to only the poorest, and while Boris Johnson may be incapable of feeling shame, families of the short-changed are not forgiving the Tories.

Blaming the BBC is wrong and cowardly when the Government forced the broadcaster to take responsibility for callous cuts. People who worked hard all their lives deserve dignity – not contempt – in their later years.







Fiona Ayres and her husband Peter holding the letters they received from TV Licensing
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