Tell our Tory MP Johnny Mercer to keep his promise on free TV licences for the over 75s

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We are calling on Mr Mercer, Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor View, to keep the promise he was elected on in 2017 and keep the free TV licence for the over 75s. 

For many older Plymothians the TV is their constant companion and window on the world. And now it’s under threat. 

The BBC has announced they will means test free TV licences from the over-75s. Means-testing may sound fair but in reality it means at least 650,000 of our poorest pensioners facing a big new annual bill they simply can’t afford. But this is really the Government’s doing: they pushed the scheme onto the BBC without asking any of us what we think or providing the funding to sustain it.

This means that 4810 households across the Plymouth Moor View constituency will lose their TV licence. That’s £723,905 taken out of the pockets of Plymouth pensioners in Mr Mercer's constituency, with thousands more affected in other parts of Plymouth too.

Together, we must demand our Conservative MP and the Government takes back responsibility for funding free TV licences for everyone in Plymouth over 75.