The Tory Government is scrapping free TV licences for pensioners over 75 despite promising in their last manifesto to keep all pensioner benefits.
This latest cruel austerity measure is a scandal. House of commons library statistics suggest that 4660 families in Stevenage may be affected.
Jill Borcherds, Labours prospective Parliamentary candidate said:
‘It is a national disgrace that our oldest pensioners will lose their free TV licences because of this Tory Government’s shameful refusal keep their manifesto promise.
‘It is an extra cost that many pensioners round here cannot afford and will leave many people in our community more isolated than before. Television is a lifeline for those who are housebound or live on their own.’
‘If this cruel policy goes ahead, every pensioner in Britain will know that a Tory Party promise cannot be trusted.’