Concern over cuts

WENTWORTH and Dearne MP John Healey has criticised the Government for cutting help for older people to keep warm and well.

He spoke at a consultation in Rotherham bringing together over 100 experts from universities, health bodies, councils, housing organisations and charities from around the country.

The Keeping Warm in Later Life project, led by Sheffield Hallam University and NHS Rotherham, is looking at how older people’s health can be improved by tackling fuel poverty and making homes warmer.

The Shadow Health Secretary criticised the government for cutting schemes like Warm Front, and said: “Every £1 spent on providing housing support for vulnerable people can save nearly £2 in reduced costs of health services, crime and residential care.”