MP praises local groups that tackle loneliness
MP James Heappey has praised local groups that tackle loneliness
within our community.
comments come after visits to organisations across the constituency
- including a community café in Shipham, dementia groups
in Wells, a singing group and art class in Street, and Burnham-On-Sea's
BAY Centre computer class and table tennis club.
groups are just the tip of the iceberg - one of the most amazing
things about our part of Somerset is the rich tapestry of clubs,
societies and associations that underpin our communities,"
voluntary and charitable sector is increasingly important in meeting
the needs of our ageing population. All the evidence shows that
when people are kept active and engaged in their community, they
can live independently at home for far longer. That saves the taxpayer
millions of pounds but much more importantly, it is what people
spoken recently about the challenges of funding adult social care
and there are certainly no easy answers. Japan and Germany have
required people to take out insurances to fund their care in later
life and weve just given councils the green light to put up
in the developed world income taxes are going up or public services
cut right back so that Government money can meet the burgeoning
sufficient adult social care to allow all in our society a dignified,
happy and long retirement is the great public policy challenge of
our time. Undoubtedly, it will require more public cash but the
voluntary and charitable sectors as well as the growing network
of micro-providers will be absolutely essential too."