In response to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s speech to the LGA conference, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age the older people’s charity, said:

“Jeremy Hunt is right to highlight the desperate loneliness and isolation some older people feel because they no longer see their family and friends. This is one of the reasons that Independent Age and others founded the Campaign to End Loneliness. But, as he acknowledged, there are already 6 million carers in the UK and, while we welcome the initiative to develop a carers’ strategy, they need the government to ensure that quality, affordable professional care is available to supplement the many hours of unpaid care they provide. Yet in practice 360,000 fewer older people now receive care services from their under-pressure councils than six years ago.”

About Independent Age

Independent Age is a growing charity helping older people across the UK to live more independent, fulfilling lives.

Founded over 150 years ago, we are an established voice for older people and their families and carers, offering free advice and information and providing services, such as befriending, to promote wellbeing and reduce loneliness. In addition to this, we use the knowledge and understanding gained from our frontline services to campaign on issues that affect older people, like poverty, loneliness and carers’ rights.

For more information, visit our website www.independentage.org

Speak to one of our advisers for free and confidential advice and information. Lines are open Monday to Friday between 8am-8pm, and Saturday to Sunday, 9am-5pm. Freephone 0800 319 6789 or email advice@independentage.org

 

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