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Removal of free TV licences for over-75s

EDM (Early Day Motion) 165: tabled on 12 February 2020

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 30 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House supports the urgent reversal of the decision to make over-75s pay for TV licences; notes with concern that over 240,000 households in Scotland could be hit by the decision; further notes that 73 per cent of households in Scotland with someone aged over 75 could have their TV licence taken away and that over three million households across the UK are at risk of being affected; is concerned that many over-75s who are eligible for Pension Credit, but not currently claiming it, will be liable to pay the £154.50 TV licence fee; believes that responsibility for funding free TV licences should never have been handed over by the UK Government to the BBC; strongly believes that licence fees should be set independently of the Government to prevent the Government from short-changing pensioners in the future; and calls on the Government to fully fund licences for over-75s.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 13 February 2020
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Sheerman, Mr Barry
Labour
Signed on 17 February 2020
Huddersfield
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 February 2020
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 February 2020
Glasgow North
Oswald, Kirsten
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 February 2020
East Renfrewshire
Yasin, Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 17 February 2020
Bedford
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 February 2020
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Hopkins, Rachel
Labour
Signed on 19 February 2020
Luton South
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 February 2020
Glasgow South
Anderson, Fleur
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2020
Putney
Linden, David
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 February 2020
Glasgow East
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 25 February 2020
Worthing West
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 25 February 2020
Glasgow Central
MacAskill, Kenny
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 February 2020
East Lothian
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 February 2020
Edinburgh West
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 February 2020
Dundee West
Girvan, Paul
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 26 February 2020
South Antrim
Donaldson, Sir Jeffrey M
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 26 February 2020
Lagan Valley
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 February 2020
Edinburgh South West
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 March 2020
North Ayrshire and Arran
Glindon, Mary
Labour
Signed on 16 March 2020
North Tyneside
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 1 July 2020
Brighton, Pavilion
McDonald, Stuart C
Scottish National Party
Signed on 5 January 2021
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Hanvey, Neale
Independent
Signed on 15 March 2021
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.