Motion: TV Licences for over 75s

Council - 2nd February 2021

"This council condemns the re-introduction of Television Licence fees for persons aged 75 and over who do not qualify under the narrow terms specified, and views this as a tax on our elderly, with income guaranteed by the need of the elderly to have a television.


This Council recognises many over 75s benefited from free Television Licences and believes reverting of position is unfair and adds further financial hardship on our elderly, particularly given those who are housebound and doubly impacted by Covid-19 restrictions which has left many alone or isolated without communication or engagement.


As a result, this council calls on the Northern Ireland Executive to adopt a similar approach to that for persons suffering financial loss as a result of the transition from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment by providing matched funds and cover the costs of Television Licences for those aged 75 and over who do not qualify under the current terms.

Proposed by: Councillor O'Cofaigh, Seconded by Councillor McAleer