Hyslop Stands up for over 75s in TV License Debate
Local Linlithgow MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop spoke in a debate at Holyrood this week (Thursday, 21st Nov) urging the UK Government to take back responsibility for funding and providing free TV licences for the over 75s.
Commenting, Fiona said;
“I led the debate in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday encouraging the UK Government to take back responsibility for funding and providing free TV licences for the over 75s and was pleased to secure support from the Scottish Parliament.
“This fee affects around 7,186 older people in West Lothian alone and it is estimated that 60% of our local older people will be expected to pay an extra £154.50 in household bills if the UK Government do not ensure they receive a free tv license.
“We need to stand up for our over 75s and send a message to the UK Government that this is unacceptable, that they cannot continue take more money from the pockets of our pensioners.”
All over 75s, except those on pension credits, will be expected to pay for their TV License.
To see Fiona’s speech in full click here: