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EntertainmentDame Vera Lynn says she is ‘very upset’ over proposed TV licence restrictions

08:30  22 july  2019
08:30  22 july  2019 Source:   pressassociation.com

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Dame Vera Lynn says she is ‘very upset’ over proposed TV licence restrictions © SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images Forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn poses for photographs in central London, on October 22, 2009. Forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn on Thursday joined soprano singer Hayley Westenra for an emotional rendition of the classic wartime song We'll Meet Again to officially launch the Royal British Legion's poppy appeal. AFP PHOTO/Shaun Curry (Photo by SHAUN CURRY / AFP)

Dame Vera Lynn has become the latest name in showbiz to question proposed restrictions on free TV licences for over-75s, saying she is “very upset” by the move.

From June next year, the benefit will be restricted to over-75s who claim pension credit, with the BBC saying it cannot afford to take on the financial burden from the Government.

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Dame Vera Lynn says she is ‘very upset’ over proposed TV licence restrictions © MATTHEW FEARN/AFP/Getty Images Dame Vera Lynn is seen 18 September 2005 at the unveiling of a contemporary sculpture on Victoria Embankment in central London to mark the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. AFP PHOTO POOL/PA/Matthew Fearn

The 102-year-old told the Daily Express: “I can’t understand and am very upset as to why the Government and the BBC want to deprive older people of what is going on in the outside world, when they most need communication.

“Anything that helps them keep in touch outside their own home is very important.

“They may not be able to go out and see what is going on and television helps keep their minds active.”

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Dame Vera Lynn says she is ‘very upset’ over proposed TV licence restrictions © Provided by The Press Association Dame Helen Mirren also called for a change of heart (Isabel Infantes/PA)

She said she would like to see the decision overturned, adding that “so many” older people could struggle to afford the payment.

Last week, Dame Helen said: “It’s just absolutely heartbreaking that so many older people are going to lose their free licence, when television plays such an important role in their lives.

“In many cases it acts as an important contact with the outside world.

“I would urge all those involved, including the Government, to do the right thing and to carry on funding free licences for all over-75s – the cost of which is surely a small price to pay for keeping so many vulnerable older people connected.”

The free TV licence was introduced in 2000, but the BBC agreed to take on the cost as part of the charter agreement hammered out in 2015.

The corporation has come under fire for handing a number of its stars pay rises while at the same time as the axing of the universal benefit.

BBC chairman Sir David Clementi has dismissed the suggestion that the corporation could fund the benefit by cutting the pay of stars, saying “the sums don’t add up”.

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