85% fear a negative impact on the life expectancy of older people
The cost of living crisis is set to intensify. Millions of older and vulnerable people will be the hardest hit and in personal crisis. The pressures of rising living costs mean people’s lives will be at risk. As prices soar and people struggle to make ends meet, we are seeing significantly higher cases of people living in food and fuel poverty and struggling to cope. We are committed to doing all we can to support those most in need and the NHS.
The stories coming in from our services are a sobering reminder of the terrible difficulties people are facing. Inevitably there will be increased hospital admissions, further pressure on our NHS, and higher demand for our services.
“I have had to start skipping meals. I am hungry, but I’m saving money on my food bills and by not cooking, I don’t have to worry about how much the oven would cost me to use. I need to have my heating on too, I don’t know what I’m going to do. I don’t know how I’m going to survive.”
Royal Voluntary Service client
He actually laughed this week – and it really made my day!
“That’s the first time in all the time we’ve been helping him” added Royal Voluntary Service volunteer Kirsty who supported Sid to stay safely at home and continue his recovery after a 7 month stay in hospital. Sid had moved into a new home with no possessions, no bed, no food and no clothes.