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Author: Green Party NI -
Published on 04 May 2011 11:00 AM

Older people in North Down have earned the right to feel safe and at ease in their communities, the leader of the Green Party Steven Agnew has said.

Speaking as he signed up to AgeNI and Age Sector Platform’s ‘High 5’ campaign, the local Assembly and council candidate said: “It is a basic right to live without fear and intimidation, yet many older people here in North Down worry about being attacked at home or in the street, and are generally fearful for their safety.

“Our older people have played their part and made huge contributions to society. The least they can expect is to live with confidence and inclusion in their communities.

“As well as tackling criminality, it is even more important to tackle the fear of crime among older people. The Green Party fully supports AgeNI and Age Sector Platform’s campaign to prioritise action in this regard in Department of Justice’s Community Safety Strategy, which is currently out for consultation.

“I support all efforts to reduce older people’s fear, increase their confidence, and maintain and re-engage their full participation in their communities here in North Down,” he said.

"A lot of elderly people come into our constituency office for advice - especially regarding fuel poverty - and they also express concerns about their personal safety. There needs to be a joined up approach from government to ensure that older people can live in confidence without having to worry about these issues."

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575