Millions of pensioners who have received a free TV licence will now have to pay for it, the BBC has announced.
The BBC will scrap the free licences for over-75s, but households with one person who receives Pension Credit will be be eligible to claim.
Up to 3.7 million pensioners currently receive a free TV licence.
The BBC said that the ruling, which comes into force in June 2020, is because of "fairness" and comes after a consultation, in which 52 per cent of 190,000 asked were in favour of abolishing free licences.
Responding to the news, Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper said: “It is completely appalling that the Tory Government is allowing this to happen.
"I’m calling on Ministers to urgently step in and halt this unfair plan - especially as they promised not to let it happen.
"Nearly 5,000 pensioner households in this constituency are going to be hit.
"Many elderly people really rely on the television as a lifeline, especially if they are lonely.
"This adds up to three quarters of a million pounds in total being taken off pensioners in our towns. It’s completely unfair on people who have worked hard all their lives.”