Updated: Sep 3, 2020
The NPC is continuing to campaign against the cruel decision to end the free TV licence for all over 75's from the 1st August.
This mailout includes the NPC press release for our plans to hold a 'safe and socially distanced' protest, a guide for you to send us a TV licence protest photo or video and some posters and flyers.
National Pensioners’ Convention members are organising a week of protests across the country in a last ditch bid to stop the axing of free TV licences for all over 75’s.
The climax will be a ‘safe and socially distanced’ protest by NPC members outside 10 Downing Street next Thursday morning, 30th July 2020.
The UK’s largest campaigning organisation, run for and by older people, wants the Government to stop the BBC imposing the £157.50 licence fee on our oldest and most vulnerable before next week’s 1st August deadline.
Normally the NPC’s million plus members would take to the streets for a march on Parliament to protest the loss of the free licence - a vital universal benefit – as well as a return to means-testing to determine who might still claim it.
They aim to get around the dangers to older people of gathering outside during the pandemic through ‘static’ socially distanced protests, including one outside 10 Downing Street on 30th July.
The NPC will also continue to push its social media campaign encouraging supporters to retweet the NPC’s message on its Twitter page to the Prime Minister. NPC members who are unable to go out because they are still shielding are asked to send pictures and videos of their own home-based protests to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan Shortt, General Secretary of the NPC said:“The free TV licence for all over 75’s is a universal entitlement that provides a window on the world for so many of older people who, particularly at the moment, rely on it for information and company.
“We are disappointed that the Government has not stepped in to stop the BBC re-imposing the licence fee on our oldest, who can’t afford it because they are struggling to make ends meet on the basic state pension as it is. To impose means testing on them to determine if they should receive the free licence or not is simply wrong in a wealthy country like ours in the 21st century.