Communities 'in decline'
PUBLISHED: 13:03 06 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 15 June 2010
COMMUNITIES in the South West are in decline, according to new research by Help the Aged. The findings show that one quarter of older people think their community has changed for the worse in the last ten years. And almost 40 per cent of pensioners said
COMMUNITIES in the South West are in decline, according to new research by Help the Aged.The findings show that one quarter of older people think their community has changed for the worse in the last ten years. And almost 40 per cent of pensioners said they were prevented from going out because there was nothing available to do in their area.Councillor Jim Knight, the vice chairman of Seaton Town Council, agrees with the findings and believes the very fact that charity Age Concern Devon had to close their premises in the town reflected this. He said: "There are no longer a lot of places for the elderly to go and get assistance. I think things have got harder and harder for old people and that the government has let them down badly."And, if they fall ill and have to go into a care home, their houses are often taken from them. "I think the government is appaling in its treatment of the elderly and its finances."He felt that by giving concessions such as a £10 Christmas bonus and a £200 heating allowance was a cheaper option to giving them a fair pension, as not everybody would make use of the benefits.Help the Aged is launching its Towards Common Ground campaign, challenging central and local governments to create 'lifetime neighbourhoods', which cater for the needs of people of all ages, including older people
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