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The proposal to scrap free TV licences for the over-75s could hit Arran hard.

It is well known that Arran has an aging population but figures gleaned from a recent Ayrshire & Arran public health report predict an increase of 50 per cent in the over 80s and a 25 per cent increase in the over 75s in the coming decade on the island.

Add to that that there is a high life expectancy on Arran – for men this is nearly four years higher than the North Ayrshire average and two years above the Scottish average.

So there is clear evidence the island is going to be hit hard by this move.

Of course it is easy to say most pensioners can afford it – but is that really the point. To have reached 75 having paid taxes all their working life is a paltry £154.50 a year for a TV licence really to much to offer elderly pensioners to enjoy their programmes in peace in their twilight years. And the prospect of TV detector vans invading the privacy of pensioners should be avoided at all costs.

Of course the UK government have washed their hands of the matter saying it is for the BBC to chose whether to keep the scheme.

Let us hope common sense can prevail.