Struggling pensioners need to prove they’re exempt from TV licence fee

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Actor Ricky Tomlinson (fourth left) joins protestors outside BBC Media City in Salford, Greater Manchester, at the broadcaster’s decision to axe free TV licences for 3.7 million pensioners (Picture: PA)

TV Licensing head of customer services Alison Roberts told millions of older people they would need to prove they were being paid Pension Credit.

‘Please keep your latest Pension Credit letter safe as we may ask you to send a copy when it’s time to claim your free licence,’ Ms Roberts wrote in a letter seen by the Daily Mirror.

New rules starting on May 31, 2020, mean only pensioners receiving state pension top-ups are eligible for the free TV licence.

The letter has made campaigners concerned because they fear some pensioners may not figure out how to claim before the deadline.

Pensioners desperate to keep their free TV licence have been told they will have to prove they receive state pension top-ups.

Millions of over-75s have been sent letters by TV Licensing customer services chief Alison Roberts warning free viewing expires next May 31.

Only those on Pension Credit will be eligible after the Tories broke a manifesto pledge to keep it until 2022.

Ms Roberts wrote: “Please keep your latest Pension Credit letter safe as we may ask you to send a copy when it’s time to claim your free licence.”

But campaigners fear many will be unsure how to claim and miss out.

“As long as we keep united I’m sure we can do something about this!”

Ricky Tomlinson sends his thanks to the almost half a million of you who have signed our TV Licence petition. If you haven’t signed yet you can do so here: LINK

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