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Letter: Local charity Revitalise calls for urgent action following Joseph Rowntree Foundation study

Date published: 05 December 2017


Dear Editor,

Revitalise has responded to the new study from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), UK Poverty 2017, in calling for urgent financial support for disabled people in poverty.

http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/114510/britain-reaches-turning-point-after-worrying-rises-in-child-and-pensioner-poverty

Revitalise has already noted increasing demand for hardship support in recent years.

As a result, Revitalise has increased its funding support to help those facing increasing hardship and poverty by around 400% in the past five years.

By the end of January 2018, Revitalise will have provided funding in excess of £650,000, helping over 1,300 people in financial hardship take much-needed breaks with the charity.

Revitalise has also responded with concern to the report’s finding that families in poverty are disproportionately affected by social isolation and ‘relationship distress’.

The charity is reasserting its call for more support for disabled people and carers – especially in the form of regular respite – in order to alleviate the damaging effects of isolation and loneliness and prevent costly interventions, increasing the pressure on the NHS and local authority social care, if the relationship is allowed to break down.

The media is right to focus on the upswing in children and older people in relative poverty, but let’s not forget that the most vulnerable people in society are also disproportionately affected.

Yours,

Chris Simmonds
Revitalise CEO

The views expressed are those of the author of the letter and not those of Rochdale Online.


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