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BOROUGH pensioners continue to suffer at the hands of recession - with benefits, fuel bills and falling interest rates among their main concerns, says the charity Age Concern.

BOROUGH pensioners continue to suffer at the hands of recession - with benefits, fuel bills and falling interest rates among their main concerns, says the charity Age Concern.

However the Linking People project - launched in Solihull last year - is working to help elderly people weather the storm.

Drawing on resources from various organisations - including the council, the care trust, police and citizen’s advice bureaux - the service has been highly successful.

Since November, the initiative has provided advice, information and practical help to hundreds of local people.

Lucy Coton, from Age Concern Solihull, said: “Because of the conditions at the moment, we’ve had a rise in the number of people getting in contact with us.

“Linking People aims to enable older people to remain independent and live in their own homes for as long as possible.”

Operating out of Solihull Fire Station on Streetsbrook Road, it deals with a plethora of issues - from seniors who don’t have fire alarms to those who have suffered a fall.

* To find out more call 0121 705 3588 or visit www.ageconcernsolihull.org .

 

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