HUNDREDS of thousands of angry Brits have signed petitions to save free TV licenses for those above the age of 75.
Yesterday, the BBC said the 3.7million pensioners who previously received a free license will have to pay for it from June next year, with charities fearing it will push the poorest into poverty.
From next summer, only households where at least one person receives pension credit – around 900,000 currently – will not have to pay.
But two fifths of people who are entitled to this benefit aren't getting it, according to charity AgeUK.
Some don't know they can claim, many struggle to apply and even more feel embarrassed about needing help, it added.
Last night, Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "very disappointed" with the decision to scrap the free licenses and demanded the BBC to rethink the call.
She's not alone in her opinions, as petitions on the matter have been given a boost in signatures overnight.
One petition by AgeUK have at the time of writing racked up 136,014 signatures.
The charity said: "For over a million of the oldest people in our country, television is their main form of company. Right now, that's under threat."
While one on the parliament's petition website has increased by several thousand signatures just this morning, currently sitting at 6,451.
The petition says: "Continue to fund free TV licences for the over 75 in the future.
"Removing them will only penalize the poorest old age pensioners, many who rely on their television for company and their main source of entertainment."
A separate petition calling for the TV license fee to be scrapped altogether is gaining even more traction, and at the time of writing it has 33,453 signatures but it's rising steadily.