TV Licences for over-75S

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:32 pm on 8th May 2019.

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Photo of Kelvin Hopkins Kelvin Hopkins Independent, Luton North 2:32 pm, 8th May 2019

The hon. Lady is making a very good speech. The fact is that this benefit given to elderly pensioners is a benefit—I speak as someone with an interest, because I think I am the only person here who is over 75 and actually receives the free television licence—but a benefit should be paid for out of progressive taxation, whereby the rich pay most and the poor pay least. As everyone under 75 pays for our licences, some of those people are very poor indeed, effectively having to pay some contribution towards broadcasting, which should be paid for by the state.