The SNP has demanded the Tory government use the upcoming Budget to fix the harsh reality that “Scotland’s older people have been consistently let down” by Westminster.
Ahead of the UK budget, Amy Callaghan MP committed the party’s solidarity with WASPI women and for the UK to deliver a fair deal for pensioners – who currently receive the lowest state pension in the developed world, according to OECD figures.
The Tory decision to scrap the free TV licence for over-75s affects over 240,000 households in Scotland – a shocking 73% of households in Scotland with someone aged over 75.
Across the UK, over three million households across the UK are hit by the “ridiculous policy”, according to the SNP.
SNP Inter-generational spokesperson Amy Callaghan MP said: “The UK government must use this Budget to U-turn on their broken manifesto promises and deliver for our older people.
“This includes delivering justice for WASPI women, taking urgent action on the UK’s woefully low state pension and committing to fully fund the over-75s TV licence.
“SNP MPs will always stand up for the WASPI women in their quest for justice.
“Meanwhile, Tory governments have presided over tax cuts for the rich while failing at every turn to support these women in their demands for a fair deal.
“While the UK has the lowest state pension in the developed world, even those of pensionable age are short-changed by the Tories.
“Scotland’s older people have been consistently let down by successive Westminster governments.
“After years of Tory austerity, and the deep economic damage of Brexit on the horizon, the last thing our older people need is the extra burden of a TV licence to add to their household bills.
“After decades of mismanagement from Westminster, it’s no wonder that people in Scotland look to independence for a brighter, prosperous and more equal future for our older people and for future generations.”