Thank you to everyone who has filled in the survey about the changes to the TV licence fee that will be introduced this year meaning that people aged over 75 years old will have to start paying the licence fee.
624 people responded to the survey and 96.5% of those responding agreed with Barbara’s position that the TV licence should remain free for those aged over-75. This shows how much support there is for this issue.
In your responses, constituents told Barbara that having a television connects them to the outside world and helps to prevent loneliness and isolation. They said that watching television keeps their mind active. Some people also made the point that the high cost of the licence fee it means that they will now have to pay for a TV licence when they may not be able to afford it.
“I am very grateful to everyone who has responded to the survey and shared their views with me. I agree with so many of the points that you have made and I share your concerns.
“I have now written to Nicky Morgan, Secretary for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, to pass on these concerns that we have and to remind her how badly this Conservative policy this will affect older people.”