Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:33 pm on 21st July 2020.

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Photo of Mick Whitley Mick Whitley Labour, Birkenhead 12:33 pm, 21st July 2020

At the general election in 2019, the Conservative party manifesto stated:

“We recognise the value of free TV licences for over-75s and believe they should be funded by the BBC.”

Only months later, over 4.5 million elderly people learned that they are to lose their free TV licence. The question—many people want to know the answer—is: what did the Government do to try to save the free TV licence scheme? Is it now time to recognise that the free TV licence for over-75s is a public good and should be funded by the Government?