Care service will fund TV licences for elderly users after BBC scraps concessions
A home care service has agreed to pay for all of its elderly clients TV licences after the BBC announced it would stop letting over 75s have them for free.
Pensioners using Elmes Homecare were angry and couldnt understand the Beebs decision to means test the licence fee for the elderly.
The services manager Liam Hayward said covering the fees is a small cost but will mean the world to clients.
He says TV helps keep immobile elderly people connected with the outside world with many simply unable to leave their homes.
Some have anxiety attacks when they go outside and others are housebound for physical reasons, making the TV an important part of their daily lives.
Liam told Metro.co.uk: Their TV is quite key for their well being essentially. Some people cant get out and they rely on the TV and radio because otherwise they dont know whats going on.
Generally theyre sitting there watching TV all day because they cant physically move.
Liam says the £154.50 licence fee will be taken off the weekly bills from the agency in Beckenham, South East London, which has around 45 clients.
He added: Its a small cost for us to pay for them to enjoy their TV but £150 for an elderly person is quite a lot to find.
He said the extra money theyd have to pay every week could cover their winter heating bills.