Broadcaster Ben Fogle has said he will donate one year's salary from presenting TV show Animal Park to help pensioners pay for their TV licences.
The pressure seems to be on for the government to review how they have handled this issue, and with an election seeming more likely by the day, the next Conservative Leader may consider it.
The broadcaster said the futures of networks including BBC2 and BBC4, as well as radio stations, would have been at risk had the licences continued to be provided for nothing.
The BBC has said that restricting free licences to only over-75s on Pension Credit is the fairest option. And that is the fear for myself and many others.
He said: "I feel sorry for older people; maybe their families live miles away, some people don't see anyone for weeks on end".More news: Koepka on charge at U.S. Open as Woods labors
"Any reductions in benefits for the elderly should be decided by ministers in the context of overall pensioner provision, rather than by the BBC, which has no welfare benefit role". "I'm afraid I might have to forgo my television", she added.
As part of the charter agreement which came into effect in 2017, the BBC would take on the burden of paying for free licences by June 2020.
"They feel their outgoings are enough already without an additional charge coming into their lives", she said.
"They raise huge amounts of money for Children In Need; why don't we do Pensioners in Need? I've met lots of older people during my time visiting, for Age UK, and I do know that a lot of people's lifeline is watching the telly".
Tory PM hopeful Esther McVey spoke out against the criminalisation of non-payment, tweeting: "The BBC has abandoned its promise to give free TV licences to over 75s".More news: Spotify rolls out new Your Library to showcase podcasts
Tommy Larmour, 75, from Lisburn has been attending Anna House since his wife passed away almost three years ago.
"My grandparents loved the BBC and would have been lost without their TV, but if they were alive today they could have afforded a TV licence".
The TV star said it is "wrong" to means-test older people after the corporation announced that, from June 2020, the concession will only be available to households where someone receives Pension Credit. "The TV licence change could well plunge low income pensioner households deeper into poverty".
He said: "The least this country can do Maureen frankly, you're here to fight for those who aren't getting pension credit and the vast majority of the 3.7million pensioners over 75 in this country will not get a free licence. Nor will they care, as they continue to admit to breaking the law, taking drugs and promising tax cuts for the richest 10% in society, leaving nothing for the rest of us".More news: Influencers are using Chernobyl for Instagram likes