Laura Sharman 30 July 2015

Councils urged to tackle the ‘devastating consequences’ of loneliness

Councils urged to tackle the ‘devastating consequences’ of loneliness image

Councils should provide and maintain essential services that help tackle the loneliness of older people, according to a new campaign.

A new survey from the Campaign to End Loneliness found one in five people aged 60 or over said they have no one to turn to, with 41% saying transport was a barrier to seeing people.

It warns that isolation and loneliness can be as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

‘We need local authorities to address the many triggers of loneliness by maintaining and providing essential services that older people rely on to stay connected,’ said director for the Campaign to End Loneliness Laura Alcock-Ferguson.

‘This could be transport to help with shopping, support with getting online, or simply, by providing clear information about social activities happening in their area. Our new online guidance showcases many examples of committed local authorities who recognise this and we urge all councils across the country to help prevent these devastating consequences of loneliness in later life.’

Council leaders said they do their best to provide care and support for the elderly but warned only a ‘properly funded’ social care system could help maintain future services.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: ‘It is a sad reality that local authorities will have to continue making difficult decisions about the services they provide.

This can often be at the expense of other valuable services like libraries, parks and leisure centres, which can help to keep people independent, healthy and well.’

For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Compliance Analyst

Essex County Council
£29772 - £35027 per annum
Compliance AnalystPermanent, Full TimeUp to £35,027 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Database Administrator

Essex County Council
£42000 - £49422 per annum
Senior Database AdministratorPermanent, Full TimeUp to £49,422 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Head of Air Quality Measurement

Imperial College London
£58,528 – £67,004
The Environmental Research Group (ERG), part of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London. Imperial College London, White City Campus, London W12 0BZ
Recuriter: Imperial College London

Childcare Lawyer

Brent Council
£43,860 - £49,827 p.a. inc.
We are looking for flexible individuals with good knowledge and experience in the   area of Children’s Social Care. Brent, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Cycle Training and Project Coordinator

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£33.324 - £35.751
We need a passionate person to manage the Royal Borough’s cycle training programme and develop new cycle training projects. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue