Watch the neighbours
Robin Newton East Belfast DUP MLA, is urging people to look out for their elderly neighbours this winter.
“Reports highlighting the needless pensioner deaths over winter cold periods and the potential for an increase in the number of deaths due to the economic downturn is very worrying,” said Mr Newton.
“Whilst government has responsibilities we can each provide support to those elderly living close by.
“Many older people are struggling on a daily basis with the cost of living. I would urge all senior citizens to make certain they are getting all the allowances they are entitled to; ensure they get their flu jab from the doctor; eat a warm meal each day; reduce energy costs as much as possible by closing doors keeping one room warm and wrap up well before going out.
“Fuel poverty is a plight impacting on one in four pensioner households.
“If we are to protect the most vulnerable elderly not only must the government act but a few minutes spent popping next door to check on our neighbours could also save a life,” he added.