Records have revealed that 8,787 people in Renfrewshire will be hit by the UK Government’s decision to scrap the free TV licence for over-75s.
It is estimated that 60% of over-75s in Renfrewshire will have to pay an extra £154.50 in household bills when the free TV licence policy for over-75s is axed.
Local politicians have 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.
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.”
SNP Councillor Kenny MacLaren for Paisley Northwest, said: “This is a despicable move by the Tory Government, using the BBC to cut the free TV licence for over 75s.
“This is a disgraceful attack on our senior citizens by the Tory Government and a clear breach of their own 2017 manifesto pledge.
“The UK already has the worst state pension out of all developed nations and now the UK Government, via the BBC, are adding the TV licence to the living costs of many pensioners.
“It’s no wonder people have such a lack of trust in politicians when they won’t fulfil their manifesto commitments and it’s clear that the Tories are not a party to be trusted.”