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TV License changes detrimental to dementia sufferers

By Digital Directorate, Oct 14, 2019 1:10

Worried-looking woman with her hand to her head.

Jane Dodds MP is calling on the Government to restore BBC funding in order to protect free TV licenses in order to avoid the huge impact their revocation will have, especially on those living with conditions such as dementia.

The BBC recently announced that, due to budget cuts from the UK Government, they are moving to scrap the blanket free TV licenses for over-75s and instead only offering them to people claiming Pension Credit.

These licenses have been provided by the BBC since 2000 and approximately 4.5 million households currently receive a free TV license.

Jane Dodds, Member of Parliament for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:

"The scrapping of free TV licenses for over-75s will have a huge impact on people's mental wellbeing. 

I am calling on the Government and the BBC to ensure TV Licenses remain free to everyone over 75s

"For many people, and especially those living with dementia, their only interaction with the outside world is through their television.  If they lose this positive stimulation it will only make them feel more isolated and alone.

"The move to restrict it to just those claiming pension credit means many will lose out, with over 3 million people currently eligible at risk of having it revoked. It will also make it harder for people to apply, further impacting those living with dementia.

"The Government should have never put the BBC in this place to begin with. They need to restore the BBC's funding in full so that they can continue to produce the quality content they are famous for without having to make these cutbacks, which will have such a damaging impact on our communities."

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