Opinions sought from area’s elderly

The fairness commission is an independent body
The fairness commission is an independent body

Older people in Burnley are being asked to have their say on how the recession is having an impact on their lives.

It is hoped that the survey will show Lancashire Fairness Commission whether they have the services and support to help the older generation work, enjoy retirement or play a full part in their local community.

Questions will include whether the economic climate has made older people feel more lonely or isolated, has affected the support they need to live in their own home for longer, or has meant they are no longer treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

The fairness commission is an independent body which aims to reduce inequalities between poor and more affluent areas in Lancashire.

Dean of Blackburn The Very Rev. Christopher Armstrong, who is also the independent chair of Lancashire Fairness Commission, said: “We would also like to ask people for their ideas as to what is working well for them in this time of austerity. We want them to suggest ideas the commission could take up that could be more widely used for the benefit of older people, whether they are richer or poorer.

“It will only take a few minutes to fill in the online form and what you say will be used to help shape services provided by councils, voluntary groups and other organisations across the county.”

Visit new.lancashire.gov.uk/fairness-commission.aspx to fill out the survey.

As well as the independent chair, Lancashire Fairness Committee includes representatives from Lancashire County Council, district councils, NHS organisations, other public, community and voluntary agencies, and local business leaders.