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Cynon Valley MP Beth Winter launces Pension Credit Campaign following TV Licences change.

Written by on 14th August 2020

Cynon Valley MP Beth Winter is this week launching a campaign to all encourage all pensioners aged 75+ to apply for pension credit.

Beth Winter MP condemned the decision to scrap free TV licences for the over 75s and is working with Age Connects Morgannwg, Citizens Advice Rhondda Cynon Taf and Alzheimer’s Society Cymru to make sure no pensioner in Cynon Valley pays unnecessarily for their TV licence.

The Cynon Valley MP said, “In spite of opposition from a range of organisations, the BBC started charging for TV licences for the over 75s from August 1st this year.”

“Those pensioners who are 75+ and receive Pension Credit will still be eligible for a free TV Licence. I am determined that no pensioner should pay unnecessarily for their TV licence in Cynon Valley, and I’m pleased to be able to promote this campaign alongside Age Connects Morgannwg, Citizens Advice RCT and Alzheimer’s Society Cymru.”

“Thousands of older people in Wales are missing out on Pension Credit that they are entitled to. The average amount of Pension Credit claimed is £58 per week. This could add up to as much as an extra £3000 per year.”

“If you are aged over 75, live in the Cynon Valley and are not currently in receipt of Pension Credit, please contact one of the following to find out if you are eligible, and to get help with the application:

Age Connects Morgannwg on 01443 490658

Citizens Advice RCT on 01443 409284

Alzheimer’s Society Cymru on 0333 150 3456

My office on 01685 243166”