MP warns against loneliness in Wirral

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03 Apr 2018
Margaret Greenwood MP has drawn attention to the problem of loneliness for older people in Wirral after meeting with representatives of Age UK in Parliament.

The Wirral West MP, who is also Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, attended a parliamentary reception hosted by Age UK to mark the publication of a campaign report from the organisation looking at how older people and their families experience the crisis in social care.

According to figures presented by Age UK, there are 5,214 older people living alone across Wirral West, with the organisation estimating that 7.6% of older people there are lonely.

Margaret Greenwood MP said:

“I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with representatives of Age UK at their reception in Parliament.

“It was very concerning to hear of loneliness and social isolation across Wirral.

“Loneliness can also be an issue for older people who are providing unpaid care for a loved one. Age UK’s research shows that many unpaid carers feel abandoned, isolated and generally out of their depth, and that they are left to cope on their own when they need support the most.

“According to Age UK, there is a real sense among carers and older people that working out what to do and navigating the system can be extremely challenging when trying to arrange care for themselves or a loved one. Their report suggests people experience huge delays in receiving the information and basic help that they need, and that some don’t get it at all.

“There are a number of organisations across Wirral who work tirelessly to combat social isolation and loneliness. Any older people who feel lonely and think they could benefit from some support can call 0151 482 3456 or email to ask about the help available.”