Age UK comment on local authority cuts
Published on 04 April 2013 12:30 PM
Michelle Mitchell, Age UK's Charity Director General, said:
'At Age UK we are extremely worried about the impact of Local Authority service cuts on older people.
'Meals on Wheels services are just one of the areas that have been hit, with older people either losing the service all together, or facing extremely steep price rises which will in many cases effectively mean that the service has been cut for lower income pensioners.
'All too often, a Meals on Wheels service is the only daily contact that vulnerable older people have, and so is much more to them that just getting a hot meal.
'This - combined with cuts to day care centres and social care support - means that more older people are being left to cope alone, often living an isolated and frightened existence, not knowing what tomorrow might bring.
'Age UK calls on the Government to ensure that the spending review in June makes sure that sufficient funding is put in place to ensure that older people get the support they need when they need it.'
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