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Social care cuts are already biting, say charities

Social care cuts are already biting, say charities

One in four disabled and older people say their services have been reduced even before the spending cuts next month

Charities found that 52% of older and disabled people were struggling to maintain their independence in the face of cuts.

Nearly one in four disabled and older people have experienced cuts to services and increased charges for care, even before local authority spending cuts are implemented, say charities.

Many families are already being “pushed to breaking point” by reductions to the amount of care they receive, including transport help and respite care, with more than half saying increased charges mean they can no longer afford food and heating.

Norwich people with a zest for life

 

Norwich people with a zest for life

Shaun Lowthorpe Monday, March 28, 2011
12:48 PM

 Picture of Margaret Hudson, a parachuting grandmother, to go with an EDP Sunday feature about the growing number of older folk who are doing these sky dives for fun or charity

Picture of Margaret Hudson, a parachuting grandmother, to go with an EDP Sunday feature about the growing number of older folk who are doing these sky dives for fun or charity. Photo: Angela Sharpe Copy: Steve Snelling For: EDP Sunday Archant pics © 2008 (01603) 772434

Are you older, but still active? Do you think you have got something to offer, whether it is helping to keep an eye on your neighbours, talking to someone who may be feeling lonely or helping out with somebody’s shopping?

Then Age UK Norwich and Age UK Norfolk wants to hear from you.

Today sees the launch of a new campaign to celebrate age in later life.

Poorest ‘hit hard by recession’

Pensioners and the poorest households are amongst those that have been the worst hit by the recession, according to a study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the BBC.

The richest households – though better able to cope – were hit even harder.

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