Protest to Save the Over 75 TV Licence

Don't switch us off!
Friday 21st June 2019
12 Noon
In 2015, the Government passed responsibility for the free TV licence for the over-75s to the BBC, and said they would cease to fund it from 2020. The BBC launched a consultation process, but making it very clear that they did not wish to continue the current arrangement. The consultation ended on 12th February 2019. Subsequently the BBC has decided to introduce a means-test whereby those who claim pensions’ credit will be exempt from the TV licence charges — but 3.7 million pensioners will have to pay the annual licence fee of £154.50 from next year.

The National Pensioners Convention are fighting this proposal to end the current arrangement, and are asking for responsibility for this vital welfare benefit for over-75s to be taken back under government control. The National Pensioners Convention is absolutely clear – if we fail to protect this concession, the government will begin looking at the winter fuel allowance and the bus pass.

The National Pensioners Convention is calling on local pensioner groups, trade unions, community groups, students, members of the public, MPs and councillors to make a stand on Friday 21 June against:

1. The BBC’s decision to means-test the TV licence for older people
2. The Government’s decision to make the BBC pay for the concession

Download the National Pensioners Convention poster for this protest from here DON’T SWITCH US OFF! Use this simple black and white A4 poster: print it at home and stick it on a piece of cardboard – and bring it along to the demo. Local banners and placards are of course welcome, along with whistles, drums and other instruments.

Read the National Pensioners Convention briefing on the campaign NPC Campaign

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