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Pensioners could be forced to leave home due to rising costs

It has been announced that the weekly cost of an emergency cord service is increasing, which could affect those with mobility difficulties.

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Pensioners could be forced to leave home due to rising costs

It has been announced that the weekly cost of an emergency cord service is increasing, which could affect those with mobility difficulties.

Hikes in the cost of lifesaving emergency pull cords could mean that many older people are unable to continue living independently at home. By 2017, the cost of the weekly service is expected to rise from £3.70 to £9.53, with those who do not receive benefits having to fork out up to £53 a month for the privilege.

Following this news, a number of older people who rely on the service have suggested that they are ‘suicidal’ at the rises, as there is no option to opt out. This means that the majority will be forced to pay the costs or leave their specially adapted homes, which cater for their specific needs with mobility equipment such as affordable stairlifts and walk-in baths.

Price hike could leave older people in a worrying situation

In an article by the Daily Mirror, 72-year-old Cathy Moyle is used as an example, as her and her husband receive a pension of just £230 a week. The disabled grandmother now fears eviction, which she says is also true of many of her friends in similar situations. She describes how she has been told that if she does not pay for the emergency cord, then she does not need the sheltered accommodation.

It was previously announced that the scheme would be axed in the Midlands due to cuts, however the council did insist that evicting tenants due to non-payment would be a last resort, as it would also work hard to ensure that those in question were receiving sufficient benefits.

Many older people consider living independently as one of their priorities, but should the cost of emergency pull cords rise, this may not be possible for a number of those currently coping at home alone.

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