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Editor's comment: The least we can offer is free TV licence

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 June 2019

More than 10,000  household could be affected. Picture: Daniel Law.

More than 10,000 household could be affected. Picture: Daniel Law.

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For the past week or so the country has been praising the veterans of the D-Day landings - the men who prompted the beginning of the end of the war.

Surely the very least we can offer that generation is a free TV licence.

The over-75s are likely to be less mobile than the rest of us and therefore spend more time at home. Many of them will live on their own.

We hear a lot about the problems of loneliness among the elderly. TV can help by providing entertainment and keeping them up to date with what is going on in the rest of the country and the world.

These are people who have spent decades contributing to society. Surely they deserve to watch telly for free?

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The BBC has made the decision after the government handed over responsibility for providing the free licences.

Payment comes into effect next summer so let's hope either the BBC or the government see sense and bring back the free licences for the over-75s.

This week many of our readers who use social media helped to find a confused 81-year-old woman who had gone missing.

Ann White went walkabout from Romford and was found at West Ham station the following morning.

Her daughter says the reaction from people on social media, offering messages of support and sharing the appeal to find Ann, was overwhelming and it all ended happily.

This shows the power for good that social media can have. The Recorder often posts appeals on our Facebook page asking people to share to help find a missing person or trace someone wanted for a crime. It's a way the community can come together to help.

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