LEN Goodman has blasted the “rotten” withdrawal of free TV licences for over-75s.
The ex-Strictly judge said: “It will impact the most vulnerable, lonely and the poorest.
“I’m not a politician, I’m just a dance teacher from Dartford, but I think it’s rotten.
“There are many people who are extremely lonely.
“I feel sorry for older people — maybe their families live miles away and some don’t see anyone for weeks on end. They’ve got their pension and that’s about it. I don’t know how you decide who is the most deserving.
“I’m 75 and 100 per cent not deserving. But there are hundreds of thousands for whom it would impact on their standard of living.”
Meanwhile, Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson marched with OAPs on the BBC’s northern headquarters in Salford in protest.
Ricky, 79, said of the over-75s: “One of the biggest things they’ve got to keep them going is the television. It’s a lifeline.” The BBC has said free licences will be restricted to those on Pension Credit from next June.
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It is thought that 3.7million pensioners will lose out. The Sun is backing Age UK’s fight to keep the licence free for all over-75s. Its petition has hit 448,000.
Sign the petition at ageuk.org.uk
We are backing Age UK’s Switched Off campaign to save free TV for older people. The charity is demanding that the Government takes back responsibility for funding free TV licences and has set up a petition on its website. Sign it on their site or on The Sun’s website.
The BBC is facing a backlash over their decision to scrap free TV licences for the over-75s[/caption]
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