A BARROW campaigner has gathered support to prevent cuts to free TV licences for people over 75.

Gemma Humes, 34, has gathered over 700 signatures in her bid to prevent the BBC from cutting free licences for elderly people who do not qualify for pension credit.

Yesterday, she presented the signatures gathered from the Furness area to independent MP John Woodcock who plans to raise the issue in parliament.

Ms Humes said the cuts could leave elderly people without "company" if they are not able to afford to watch TV.

She also raised concerns that this would impact on the many elderly people who are just above the pension credit threshold. She said: "The government needs a reality check. 40 per cent of elderly people who are eligible for pension credit don't claim -this cut would have a huge impact."