8,787 people in Renfrewshire will be hit by the Tory government’s decision to scrap the free TV licence for over-75s, new figures have revealed.
It is estimated that 60% of over-75s people in Renfrewshire will be forced to pay an extra £154.50 in household bills when the free TV licence policy for over-75s is axed.
The SNP has renewed calls on the UK government to ensure the free TV licence is fully funded, and can continue to benefit households and elderly people across Scotland and the UK.
Commenting, Renfrewshire North & West SNP MSP Derek Mackay said:
“A decade of damaging Tory government cuts has left older people in Scotland worse off – and it’s very concerning to see that the decision to scrap the free TV licence will hit almost 9,000 over-75s in Renfrewshire.
“This is yet another broken Tory manifesto commitment which will take money out of the pockets of older people.
“It is time this Tory government finally made the welfare of our older population a priority – instead of worsening things by axing key benefits.
“The Tories should urgently stop this swindle and ensure that the TV license for over-75s is be properly funded and protected.”