SNP candidate will demand TV licence reversal

Tuesday November 19th 2019

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Owen on the campaign trail in Bonnyrigg speaking to a voter.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

SNP candidate for Midlothian, Owen Thompson, has vowed to fight to stop free TV licences for over-75s being scrapped under the Conservatives.

New figures released by the SNP, show that 79% of over 75s in Midlothian could lose out under the new BBC TV licence means-testing.

Across Scotland, over 240,000 could lose their free TV licence due to the change in policy.

SNP candidate Owen Thompson said:

“Scrapping the free TV licence for over-75s will leave up to 4,160 people right here in Midlothian worse off.

“After years of Tory austerity, the last thing our older people need is money being taken out of their pockets. The extra burden of £154.50 to their household bills could have a serious impact on already stretched finances.

“It’s clearer than ever that the Tories simply can’t be trusted to deliver for Scotland’s older people.

“If elected as your MP next month, I’ll fight alongside my SNP colleagues to ensure that TV licences for over-75s are protected and kept away from the hands of the Tories.”

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