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Paul Burstow MP Highlights Plight of Lonely Elderly in Sutton

July 6, 2012 11:00 AM

Thousands of Sutton pensioners could be suffering physical and mental health problems as a result of being lonely.

This week (July 4) Paul Burstow MP gave a speech at the Sutton Housing Partnership (SHP) in Carshalton Road.

In his talk the Sutton and Cheam MP highlighted loneliness as a major health and care issue to be taken seriously by government and local organisations alike.

According to national and international research - an average of 10 per cent of the over 65s say they are lonely or very lonely. In Sutton this means there are around 3,000 lonely pensioners who could be experiencing long-term effects on their health as a result.

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Paul Burstow MP said: "If we don't start to champion loneliness as a health and care issue, elderly people in Sutton will continue to have their lives cut short.

"Earlier this year I hosted the first ever summit on loneliness amongst older people - and I will continue my work on this issue both in Sutton and in Coalition Government.

"The more we can do to provide people with the social contact they need to stay physically and mentally well, the better it is for Sutton's older population."

SHP provides the day-to-day management of Sutton's council housing stock, producing services to over 6,500 tenants and 1,500 leaseholders. The SHP has to provide for many elderly constitue

nts that have recently lost a loved one or are no longer in contact with their families.

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