Jo Stevens – 2020 Comments on Free TV Licences for Over-75s

Below is the text of the comments made by Jo Stevens, the Shadow Culture Secretary, on 9 July 2020.

The refusal of the Government to fund this vital service after promising to do so is nothing short of betrayal.

Many over-75s have spent months at home with TV providing an invaluable source of company during the pandemic. For the Government to blame the BBC who are having to contend with huge cuts is simply passing the buck.