Dunfermline and West Fife MP Douglas Chapman says he is "disgusted" by the decision to scrap free TV licences for over-75s.

The policy will mean only those claiming Pension Credit’s will be eligible for a free licence.

With over 7,500 over-75s living in West Fife, there could be potentially thousands of pensioners who will have to now pay.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics also show that 663 over-75s in the area do not claim Pension Credit, often out of a sense of pride, or simply because don’t know they are eligible.

Meaning even more pensioners could be affected.

Mr Chapman said: "I am disgusted by the decision to scrap free TV licences for over-75s - these are the most vulnerable people in our society.

"The whole point of free licences was to keep pensioners out of poverty and this policy will inevitably force some older people into some difficult decisions so they can afford to keep themselves warm and eat.

"For some, the television can be their only companion and some could lose that.

"Despite the anger, this is not the BBC’s fault, the UK government has taken the decision to stop funding the concession until 2022 and so the Tories need to reconsider that position and protect some of the most vulnerable people in society."

Following the announcement, TV Licensing is advising over-75s that they did not need to take immediate action as the policy will not come in place until May 31, 2020.

Over the course of the next month, TV Licensing will be writing directly to everyone who currently has a free over 75 licence.

They will also get in touch with affected customers well ahead of the change next summer to explain what to do next, letting people know how those still eligible for a free licence can apply and what payment options will be available for those who will need to buy a licence in the future.

Recognising that the decision will affect customers who may need extra support, from next year, TV Licensing will be providing face to face assistance for older people through an outreach programme delivered by specially trained customer care field staff. The size of the TV Licensing customer support call centre will also be increased.

TV Licensing will also be launching a free telephone information line this month where older customers and their relatives can access recorded information on the new policy and advice to customers by calling 0800 232 1382. Information and frequently asked questions can also be found on the TV Licensing website, tvl.co.uk/age.