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Older people speak up about social care

Older people voiced their concerns about social care and pensions at a meeting in Horsham.

They spoke up as controversy still raged in a dispute between councils and the Government about under-funding of social care.

Members of Horsham District Older Peoples Forum Arundel quizzed South Downs MP Nick Herbert as guest speaker at their meeting of the Horsham at the Drill Hall.

Mr Herbert was invited by the chairman, Martin Bruton, to speak to almost 50 members of the Forum.  Many Horsham district villages are within the Arundel South Downs constituency, including Cowfold, Henfield and Pulborough.

The Older People’s Forum is a voluntary consultative group for residents in the Horsham district area, aged 60 and over.  They meet four times a year to share views and information.

Representatives from local groups, parish councils and the public took the opportunity to ask the MP questions on a wide range of issues that affect them.  These included questions about accessing digital services and learning basic IT skills, pensions and social care.

Martin Bruton said: “On behalf of the Horsham District Older People’s Forum, we thank Mr Herbert for giving us his valuable time.  It was interesting, informative, and Mr Herbert’s straightforward and candid answers were appreciated by those present.”

Mr Herbert said: It was a pleasure to speak to the Forum and to hear the issues that matter to them.  We discussed a large number of very interesting topics, including the challenge of funding social care, pensioner benefits and the need for more affordable housing, and I valued the conversation.”

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