Ben Fogle donates entire Animal Park salary to pay for pensioners' TV licence
Ben Fogle has decided to put his own money towards paying for the pensioners’ TV licence.
After the BBC restricting free TV licences to those over 75 receiving pension credit, the TV presenter has stepped in.
He was ‘disappointed’ by the decision but added that he doesn’t ‘entirely blame’ the broadcaster.
In a statement posted on his Twitter account, Ben said: ‘I LOVE the BBC. I think it is one of the greatest institutions in the world.
‘I have decided to donate my entire salary for this years BBC Animal Park to subsidise licences for those over 75 who have no way of paying for a licence.’
Explaining his choice, he said that his late grandparents ‘loved the BBC’ and added that his mum is set to appear in the new series of Doctor Who.
‘We owe it to those over 75 who have served their country in the armed forces, the NHS, the fire service etc.
‘Let’s not penalise those who most value the great BBC. I think society is in danger of losing its moral compass.
‘This is the least I can do for those over 75, an often neglected sector of society.
‘Wouldn’t it be nice if we started respecting, loving and thanking our elderly population.’
Only around 1.2 million households will now be eligible for the free TV licence, with around 3.7 million pensioners expected to lose out.
Theresa May has said she is ‘disappointed’ with the decision.
‘We have been clear that we expected the BBC to continue this concession. We want the BBC to look again at ways of supporting older people,’ her official spokesperson said.
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