Tories BBC licence fee decision shows meanness of spirit
Responding to the announcement that the BBC will scrap blanket free licences for over-75s Jamie Stone MP said:
“This move by the Conservative Government shows a meanness of spirit. A decent society should be judged on its generosity to the poor, the vulnerable and the elderly.
“Concessions for the over-75s are a social cost which should be paid for through central Government funding. If the Conservative Government is unwilling to pay for free licences for over-75s then they should be upfront about their policy.
“Passing the buck onto the BBC is underhand and risks the financial viability of the BBC to provide what the licence fee payer expects.
“This is a political decision being forced onto a broadcaster and is a political decision which is completely unacceptable.”